With travel and tourism being one of the hardest-hit sectors with coronavirus-pandemic-induced lockdowns, a range of stakeholders are rapidly prioritizing digital and contactless solutions.
In this vein, Air France has collaborated with MedAire, SGS, International SOS and the International Chamber of Commerce to validate the COVID-19 blockchain-based travel system.
Starting on 11 March, Air France will begin the pilot test of the ICC AOKpass device developed by MedAire and the International SOS. The ICC AOKpass is an app that travelers can install on their smartphones that provides a safe record of their COVID-19 test results from certified laboratories.
With the software, travelers do not need to request a paper test result, as the ICC AOKpass can act as a safe way of checking the negative status of the COVID-19 customer.
According to Tuesday’s announcement, the test will run for four weeks and will include only the Paris CDG-Pointe-à-Pitre and the Paris CDG-Fort-de-France route.
The press release further reveals that the use of the app would be voluntary for travelers traveling on the road. Air France has stated that it would share the specifics of the test with all other partners in the initiative to help with future travel-related health digitization activities.
Catherine Villar, Director of Customer Service at Air France, elaborated on the need for technical disruption in the travel industry in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic:
“The test of the AOKpass solution is fully in line with this framework and the process initiated by the establishment of the Air France Protect label. We are convinced that the changes we are going through collectively will change the journey in the long term and are committed to supporting all innovation projects that can help us meet these new challenges.”
The AOKpass solution is not Air France’s first blockchain-based device. Indeed, the world’s fifth-largest airline has a tradition of exploring the latest technologies in many areas of its operations.
According to the Statista survey, airlines have lost an unprecedented $314 billion to the coronavirus pandemic, with air traffic down by more than 60%, according to the UN News Agency. In order to adhere to social distance protocols, stakeholders increasingly prioritize contactless protocols that include digital base layers such as blockchain.