Jambojet signs up for online payment solution


(Posted 25th February 2014)

Kenya’s latest kid on the aviation block, LCC Jambojet, is putting final touches to their logistics chain ahead of their inaugural flight on the 01st of April, when they earlier today signed a mobile payment solutions deal with Cellulant, one of Africa’s leading mobile payment providers. The agreement paves the way for the airline, which is offering fares as low as Ksh2,850 ($33) one way from Nairobi to Mombasa (all inclusive of applicable fees), to start selling tickets as of February 27th via a tailor made mobile payment platform developed by Cellulant.

Payment confirmation is sent to the customer via SMS within a few minutes of payment. It also has unique features such as the ability to remember every user and their mobile number making future transactions easier.

The mobile payment platform is part of our strategy to keep costs minimal thus enabling us to deliver on our promise to offer customers affordable air travel. The system goes live on the night of Wednesday February 26th and therefore customers will be able to transact from their phones from Thursday February 27th when we begin selling tickets’ said Jambojet CEO Willem Hondius.

Cellulant CEO Ken Njoroge added his own perspective: ‘Cellulant has enabled Jambojet.com to offer a world first in convenience and simplicity in the ticket payment process. As a smart system, it eliminates the inconvenience of having to repeat the same information making subsequent bookings easier and faster’.

He went on to say that Jambojet.com customers can pay from M-Pesa, Airtel Money and banks such as Barclays, Standard Chartered, CfC Stanbic, NIC, Faulu, Bank of Africa, DTB, Ecobank, I&M and First Community Bank using the platform which is riding on Cellulant’s next generation Consumer Payment Gateway 5.0.

Jambojet, a 100 percent subsidiary of Kenya Airways, plans to commence operations with domestic flights from Nairobi to Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret before later venturing into the regional arena with flights to Bujumbura, Kigali, Dar-es-Salaam, Mwanza, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro and Addis Ababa in due course, initially using two leased Boeing B737-300 aircraft which will be revealed shortly in the airline’s new livery.

The entry of Jambojet is expected to shake up the domestic and regional aviation space currently dominated by the major airlines and a number of smaller air operators.

Cellulant operates in ten African countries namely Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique. It specializes in developing mobile payment systems for governments and businesses. For more details on the new airline visit www.jambojet.com

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