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Etihad Airline commence ‘fly now, pay later’ plan

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Instalment plans are no longer confined to big purchases like cars,  home furnishings and apartments. If you’re falling short on your budget and you really have to travel, you might want to check out one airline’s new payment scheme.

UAE-based carrier Etihad Airways announced on Wednesday that it is now allowing passengers to pay their tickets on an instalment basis, so that they can go ahead with their travel plans even when their household finances are tight.

The new initiative is intended to help low-to-medium income travellers and families by spreading the cost of their air ticket over a period of, say, three months or five years.

“We understand travel can be a significant expense, especially for families and those on a tight budget, so this new initiative is a great way for people to book and enjoy their travel without having to worry about paying in one large sum,” said Justin Warby, Etihad Airways vice president for digital strategy and innovation.

Eligibility for payment plans will depend on the customer’s bank, and the instalments can be paid within three to 60 months, with 17 participating banks.

For now, the offer can be availed of by residents in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt who book their flights directly through the airline’s website.

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