Air New Zealand to test blockchain integration with reservation system
Air New Zealand became the second airline, after Lufthansa, to announce its consideration of blockchain technology to enhance its distribution efforts.
Although this is at a very preliminary stage, a spokesperson for Swiss-based Winding Tree, which hopes to build a blockchain-based distribution platform for airlines, said Air New Zealand plans to test integrating Winding Tree into the carrier’s proprietary passenger services system.
The technology might be useful in providing a new way to power Air New Zealand’s baggage tracking, ancillary services, and distribution, the companies said.
The move follows Lufthansa’s decision in October to likewise partner with Winding Tree in the pre-sale of its cryptocurrency, Lif.
Most everything, including whether it can offer something new and more efficient, about blockchain remains to be seen because the technology is so new and in development.
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