Mexico-based airlines TAR Aerolineas is the first airline in Latin America to accept Bitcoin thanks to a partnership with Openpay – the Mexico-based payment service provider – and payment processor BitPay.
Commercial manager at TAR Jose Calzadias said the company will continue to evaluate payment options that give “real added value” to customers.
Tar Airlines is a regional airline and will be the first merchant to accept bitcoin payments through Openpay’s platform. Tar airlines aims to create value for their clients and stimulate economic and tourist travel in Mexico.
“It’s a real honor for TAR to have a team of developers at Openpay who are up to the technological advances of this globalized world. This business partnership has enabled TAR to become the first airline in Latin America to accept Bitcoin and put us in the forefront of both technology and security. Therefore, it is an honor to celebrate this great technological advance with Openpay. We will continue to evaluate new payment options that give a real added value to our customers,” said José Calzadías, Commercial Manager & P.R. of TAR.
“Openpay has a simple mission: ‘Power e-commerce and m-commerce in Mexico and LATAM’. Bitcoin will be a powerful force to bring a much larger number of people around the world into this modern economic system. Bitcoin, as a global payment system, can be a powerful catalyst to extend the benefits of the e-commerce an m-commerce economic system to virtually everyone on the planet, giving access to even people without conventional bank accounts,” said Eric Nuñez, Co-Founder and COO of Openpay.
“We are very excited to start working with Openpay to allow Mexican and Latin American companies to accept bitcoin payments. This partnership will help expand bitcoin adoption in the region and shows our confidence and commitment to this market. Alongside TAR Airlines, all of Openpay’s merchants can easily accept bitcoin on their platform. Through the integration, each merchant’s bitcoin sales will be included in their reporting and settlement from Openpay,” said Pablo Magro, Business Development Manager at BitPay.
TAR Aerolineas is an airline in Mexico, with their March 3, 2014 between Querétaro-Guadalajara. The company operates 8 Embraer ERJ 145’s which fly to 12 destinations throughout Mexico. The carrier flies to Mexico cities like Acapulco, Guadalajara, Ixtapa, La Paz, Puerto Vallarta and others.