The revolutionary digital ledger has successfully landed in the industry for quite some time now.
It already penetrated major industries in the world, and now the aviation sector has seen a big opportunity it could bring into the latter’s operations.
One of the world’s largest airline named Air France KLM is now beginning to see the true value of blockchain and even considered and planned to included the digital format on its operations.
Air France is planning to keep blockchain technology at the forefront of the disruption by employing the digital platform to track its maintenance and repair systems.
Aircraft maintenance, as we speak, is considered as the most crucial part of any airline business.
In order to meet the global standards for safety, it requires every airline company to keep tabs on its replacement of parts on in-service planes is necessary to avoid serious complications in flight.
A main reason why Air France KLM is putting a premium on its ability to keep their airplanes in tip-top shape, and company decided to employ blockchain technology to do so.
Speaking in a webinar together with Microsoft and software for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) systems provider Ramco Aviation, Air France talked about the benefits of relying on digital currency technology.
According to James Kornberg, Air France KLM business unit director of innovation, he is working with his team to come up with a clear business case for blockchain use in improving maintenance processes and work flows.
“The use case has to be realistic,” he said, Aviation Today reports. “The four features of blockchain are resilience, traceability, integrity and disintermediation are well suited to the aviation supply chain,” Kornberg said.
As of posting, blockchain, the innovative technology that powers cryptocurrencies, is not just useful for financial transactions. Already, this decentralized digital ledger have found use in storing medical data, in managing power grids, as a potentially new internet, and even in how we distribute aid. Now, airline companies are taking the technology by the wings.
Kornberg pointed out, however, that airline data has to completely transition to digital first before they can fully take advantage of what blockchain has to offer. “In the aviation industry, we still have a lot of our data that is not digitalized, still a lot of analog data, the first step, and that’s what we’re doing at the moment,” he added.
Apart from Air France’s idea of using it to keep track of maintenance needs, blockchain has the capacity to transform the entire commercial airline transportation industry. “The characteristics of the airline industry—and also the broader travel industry—align very well with the capabilities of the blockchain,” an Accenture write-up notes. The key is in how blockchain handles data. Airline companies can employ blockchain to improve ticketing services by using smart-contracts, managing loyalty points, as well as in keeping passenger information and data more secure.