Swipe No More - US Airways Becomes World’s First Airline to Accept MasterCard® PayPass™ –Enabled Cards and Devices In

  Swipe No More - US Airways Becomes World’s First Airline to Accept
  MasterCard® PayPass™ –Enabled Cards and Devices In-Flight

Passengers Provided Faster, More Convenient Contactless Payment Solution with
                       GuestLogix Point-of-Sale Devices

Business Wire

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- December 03, 2012

Leading the way for the next-generation of in-flight payment acceptance,
MasterCard has taken contactless payments 30,000 feet off the ground. The
Company today announced US Airways has become the first airline in the world
to accept MasterCard PayPass™ -enabled cards and devices for in-flight
purchases. Enabled by GuestLogix (TSX:GXI), the travel industry’s leader in
onboard retail technology, US Airways passengers can now buy food, beverages
and other services by simply tapping their MasterCard PayPass-enabled  card
and devices helping to speed up transaction times and provide increased
convenience.

“MasterCard has been at the forefront of contactless payment innovations,
bringing the convenience and speed of PayPass technology to environments where
faster transactions are essential for both consumers and merchants,” said Dave
Meadon, group head of Global Chip Solutions & Engineering, MasterCard. ”With
the broad acceptance of electronic payments, consumers today can travel
virtually cash free, eliminating the hassle of carrying cash and without
having to fumble through their wallet or purse for exact change.”

“At US Airways, we are always looking for ways to enhance the service we
provide to our customers,” said Hector Adler, vice president, Inflight
Services for US Airways. “With this new solution, our crew has the technology
they need to provide faster service for our MarketPlace® onboard offerings of
food, drinks & more.”

With a finite period of time available for Flight Attendants to offer food,
beverage or service of other retail offerings onboard, enabling MasterCard
PayPass™ acceptance will quicken the time it takes to process card payments
in-flight.

“US Airways has been an extremely forward-looking customer throughout our
four-year relationship, so it comes as no surprise that they were the first to
adopt this new technology,” said GuestLogix President & CEO, Brett Proud.
“Contactless payments are ideal for both passenger and Flight Attendant
convenience as the transaction time is significantly reduced when using
MasterCard PayPass.”

With MasterCard PayPass, US Airways passengers simply tap their
PayPass-enabled MasterCard card or device on a PayPass-accepting reader. US
Airways can offer its passengers the convenience of faster transaction times
and increased limits for signature-less transactions. MasterCard PayPass is
particularly useful within several merchant categories where speed and
convenience are essential, such as quick-service restaurants, retail,
airports, vending machines, and taxis.

For more information MasterCard’s PayPass technology visit:
http://www.paypass.com/

About MasterCard Worldwide

MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com,is a global payments and technology
company. It operates the world’s fastest payments processing network,
connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and
businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products
and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling,
running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more
efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the
discussion on the Cashless Conversations Blog and subscribe for the latest
news.

About US Airways

US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates
nearly 3,200 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S.,
Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South
America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals
worldwide, operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a
member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than
21,500 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries. Together with its US
Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million
passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and
Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington
National Airport.

Contact:

MasterCard
Sarah Ely, 914-249-6714
sarah_ely@mastercard.com
 
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