The German airline Hahn Air claims to be the first airline to issue tickets on the blockchain. Information about this appeared in press release (November 18).
Blockchain ticketing was made possible through the collaboration of Hahn Air with a decentralized platform for the travel industry Winding Tree. Sales Manager from Hahn Air Frederic Novotny, and Winding Tree founder Maxim Izmailov were the first passengers to use tickets booked on the blockchain.
Commenting on the product, Novotny said that the company’s goal is to “explore and track the opportunities that technology provides for travel, even if widespread recognition is a matter of the future.”
In recent years, blockchain technology and digital currencies have confidently penetrated the tourism industry. Earlier, the travel company Alternative Airlines from the United Kingdom entered into a partnership agreement with the Utrust cryptocurrency service to simplify payments using Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dash, DigiByte and its own UTrust – UTK token.
At the end of October, Zamna blockchain startup raised $ 5 million to automate security checks at airports using blockchain technology and biometrics. Startup customers include International Airlines, Emirates Airlines, and the United Arab Emirates General Directorate of Residences and Foreigners.
Last year, the government of the Australian Queensland province allocated a grant for the TravelbyBit crypto startup in the amount of $ 8.3 million to finance the innovation. The project seeks to increase the number of tourists in the province, allowing travelers to book flights and services using cryptocurrencies.