TORONTO, Ontario, 23 Aug. 2013. GuestLogix Inc. (TSX:GXI), a global provider of onboard retail and payment technology solutions to airlines, won a multi-year payment processing contract with Air Canada (TSX:AC). GuestLogix will provide transaction processing services across multiple in-flight entertainment (IFE) solutions in use by Air Canada and Air Canada rouge.
The payment solution will enable Air Canada rouge to monetize the player IFE system onboard its existing fleet of Boeing 767-300 and Airbus 319 aircraft, as well as offer secure, PCI-compliant payment processing across its entire fleet to enable the sale of premium entertainment content.
GuestLogix may act as the merchant of record in any onboard retail scenario that reduces operational complexity and benefits both customers and Air Canada.
"GuestLogix is proud to partner with Air Canada to deliver a modern and secure onboard retail environment for passengers," says Brett Proud, president and CEO, GuestLogix.
Diversity of entertainment options is emerging throughout the global airline industry, and GuestLogix is becoming an integral component by integrating seamless, certified, global payment processing capabilities with many of the industry's largest in-flight entertainment and connectivity suppliers and their airline customers, according to a company representative.
"With inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions evolving at such a rapid rate, GuestLogix is being asked to ensure that certified payment processing becomes a central component to each new solution in virtually every corner of the globe," Proud adds.
With the launch of Air Canada rouge, the airline has chosen to offer a brand new form of IFE, allowing passengers to stream stored movies, television shows and other entertainment content to their personal devices using Panasonic's eXW solution. GuestLogix can support both of these IFE models in a PCI-compliant manner, ensuring payment and sales data is secure.
"Based on our research and business plan, it's clear offering customers world-class entertainment at their fingertips through their own mobile devices is the winning solution both for them and for Air Canada rouge," explains Anton Vidgen, senior director, customer and technology, Air Canada rouge. "Partnering with GuestLogix ensures the security of payment data for our rouge (economy) customers as they use our playerentertainment system and as we gradually build out additional retailing capabilities. We know that with GuestLogix we are using the industry's most proven onboard payment technology."