Emirates’ chief operating officer, Adel Ahmed Al-Redha, while speaking at the Arabian Travel Market, announced the airline plans to incorporate digital technologies into its daily operations in a bid to engage with customers faster and in a more flexible way. 


  • Emirates Airlines, one of the leading airlines in the world and under the United Arab Emirates (UAE), plans to accept the cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, as a mode of payment for passengers using the airline. 
  • The fifth airline in the world, according to Airline Ratings, would use blockchain technology to trace aircraft records.
  • The official said the airline also has plans to recruit additional technological workers for metaverse and Non-Fungible Token (NFTs) to build apps to monitor consumer needs. 
  • The airline’s website would soon begin to feature NFT collectibles.

The big picture 
Emirate airlines would be joining Microsoft, Tesla, AT&T, PayPal, Starbucks and many other giants in the global business space as companies that accept Bitcoin as payment. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) aims to stand at the front line of cryptocurrency adoption. 

What they are saying 
Adel Ahmed Al-Redha highlighted the major challenge in its development plan as accessibility of the resources throughout the network.

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