German Airline Hahn Air Issues Blockchain-Powered Tickets

Blockchain, Innovation, News | November 19, 2019 By:

Blockchain travel platform Winding Tree has announced its partnership with German airline Hahn Air.

Founded in June 2017, Winding Tree enables startups and companies to gain direct access to travel service providers’ offerings without the need for intermediaries. It connects buyers and sellers via a set of smart contracts and open-source tools in a non-rent-seeking manner without taking a transaction fee. At the same time, the participants of the Winding Tree platform are able to govern the platform collaboratively. The platform already boasts numerous airlines including Air France-KLM, Lufthansa and subsidiary Eurowings, Swiss Air, Swissport, Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines, and Air New Zealand.

Headquartered in Dreieich, Hahn Air offers scheduled and charter flights within Europe from its base at Dusseldorf Airport. Hahn Air’s core business, however, is a ticketing solution that gives travel agencies access to airlines via computer reservation systems and allows them to issue tickets on the Hahn Air HR-169 document. The company also offers distribution services for other airlines, such as tariff and flight plan transmission.

The partnership enabled Hahn Air to issue the first airplane tickets powered by blockchain technology. On Monday, the German airline reportedly flew passengers holding blockchain-powered tickets on its scheduled flight from Dusseldorf to Luxembourg. The first “blockchain passengers” were Maksim Izmaylov, Founder of Winding Tree, Davide Montali, CIO of Winding Tree, and Frederick Nowotny, Head of Sales Engineering at Hahn Air.

“We at Hahn Air are constantly exploring new technologies and we are proud to now demonstrate our technical capability to issue blockchain-powered Hahn Air tickets,” said Nowotny. “We are pleased to be partnering with Winding Tree, the most established company when it comes to distributing travel inventory in the blockchain. Our goal is to investigate and monitor the opportunities this technology holds for travel distribution, even if widespread acceptance is still a vision of the future.”

Using the Winding Tree platform, Hahn Air is able to list inventory, manage the reservation requests, and receive payments once the booking process is complete. Accepted payment methods are cash, credit card, or cryptocurrency (LIF token or Ether).

“Hahn Air is the ideal partner for Winding Tree as they are the leading company in airline distribution solutions with broader knowledge, an innovative mindset and an unparalleled network,” said Pedro Anderson, COO and Co-Founder of Winding Tree. ”We are very pleased that we were able to complete the first transaction for an airline ticket on the blockchain.”