Swiss airport ground handling together with cargo company Swissport has launched a new blockchain based pilot program, a recent announcement by Air Cargo News states. As reported, Swiss airport initiated the project for its cargo handling business. The companies will be launching a pilot program in cooperation with Olam, which is a non-profit organization that aims at developing an open source platform for supply chain partners.
Head of global cargo operations of Swissport, Hendrik Leyssens commented on the new program highlighting that blockchain can give the important opportunity to their business of speeding up transactions and improving security as well as helping reduce operational costs. “Thinking beyond traditional messaging, blockchain could eventually become the new standard allowing us to overcome the chronic lack of transparency, which is typical for fragmented supply chains”, Leyssens concluded.
It was also reported that Swissport is planning to also apply the blockchain pilot program to its other services such as solutions for the passengers. The implementation is planned to be conducted in cooperation with Winding Tree which is a blockchain-based travel distribution platform. The source informs that the planned partnership will initially focus on applying blockchain technology to the distribution of basic travel services for the independent travellers. The services could include e.g. airport lounge access etc.
Swissport’s innovation unit supervisor, Florian Eggenschwiler stated that they have important expectations from the upcoming partnership. In particular they are expecting to have lasting benefits from the new technology for a global industry such as aviation services and supply chain. “It will likely change how service providers, clients and partners will transact with each other. We want to get familiar with such technologies early in the innovation cycle and partner with technology leaders to explore its potential in our business for a variety of use cases”, Eggenschwiler concluded.