Fat Taiwan Airline Accepts Bitcoin for Plane Tickets

Passengers of FAT Taiwan can now use Bitcoin to pay for more than 20,000 flights
07 March 2018   522

Taiwanese airline FAT Taiwan Inc. recently announced that it will accept cryptocurrency payments, namely Bitcoin, for tickets and related travel services as it looks to become a pioneer in cryptocurrency adoption within the country’s aviation industry.

Passengers can now use Bitcoin in a convenient and discounted trading experience to pay for more than 20,000 flights.

The airline’s president, Zhang Gangwei, explained that his company has “a bright vision for the future of cryptocurrency” as it proved to be “a significant transaction tool” over the past year.

The widespread use of cryptocurrency in various scenarios will usher in a new future for the airline business, lodging industry, OTA and the entire tourism sector. FAT is about to be the No.1 in the industry to embrace cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

 

Zhang Gangwei

President, FAT Taiwan Inc.

FAT’s move marks a growing trend among airlines to provide its customers with as many convenient payment options as possible, not to mention the probable PR boost from associating its brand with innovative technology.

Survey: Millionaires do not gain Enough Crypto Advice

A survey revealed today by Capgemini shows: only 34.6 percent of high net worth individuals have got cryptocurrency information from their wealth managers
19 June 2018   50

According to Reuters, the information is received from Capgemini’s annual survey, the World Wealth Report. The latest edition demonstreted that additionally to the aforementioned 29 percent, a further 26.9 percent are “on the fence” relatively to  cryptocurrency investment - meaning that well over half of HNWIs are aware of and/or interested in cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.

A Paris-based business consulting corporation, Capgemeni, determines HNWIs as people with at least $1 million accessible to invest, outside of asset holdings such as real estate, automobiles, and art. At the start of 2018, there were a counted 15.2 million such people in the world. This part of society controls more than $70 trillion, and Capgemini expects that figure to rise to $106 trillion by 2025.

Also it was found by the study that 71.1 percent of younger millionaires (age 40 and below) place “high importance” on getting information about cryptocurrency from their wealth management firms, as do 13 percent of those aged 60 and over. In the whole, only 34.6 percent of them claimed that they had learnt cryptocurrency information from their wealth managers. 

This probably points to a trend of wealth managers being a bit behind the times. It also unfolds that a market force which could go some way towards explaining the fact that at least 167 new cryptocurrency hedge funds were instituted last year. During the year of 2017, these funds saw massive growth in profit.