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CAPE TOWN - South African Airline plans to make in-flight cashless payments available on its planes.

Currently, a cashless system is being tested on its flights, which will remove the need for passengers to pay for items using physical cash the airline told the media. There are certain airlines that allow users to purchase food on their flight using cash but the company feels that the move to card payments will be in the best interest for customers.

Luane Lavery, Brand Communications Manager at, said they don’t have a specific time frame for the implementation and launch of the cashless system. “This exciting product is still in the development and testing phase, and we can confirm that both credit and debit cards will be accepted as payment,” said Lavery.

The device to be used to accept the card payments will not be a traditional point-of-sale device, which is said to be a first in South Africa, Lavery added. declined to comment on the connectivity solutions that will be used to process the card payments in-flight.