Air France will start a four-week pilot trial with a new health pass, the blockchain-operated ICC AOKpass, from March 11th. The app enables passengers to present their negative Covid-19 test on their mobile phones and is supported by MedAire / International SOS. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has more than 45 million corporate members worldwide.
As air travel tries to get back to normal, most airlines and governments require travelers to present a negative Covid-19 test before boarding. Verifying the validity of the test is necessary, but time consuming for airline staff and an additional source of stress for passengers.
With the AOKpass from ICC, these problems are to be resolved by supporting a comprehensible and secure platform for recording negative tests before departure. The validity of the negative test is checked in the app via a blockchain-based network. At the airport, passengers only need to present a certificate on their mobile phones generated by the app, which speeds up the boarding process and eliminates the risk of losing or spoiling the document. It also aims to give individuals greater control over their personal information.
“Improving and simplifying the customer experience is a priority for Air France.” said Air France SVP of Customer Experience Catherine Villar. “We believe that the changes we are all experiencing now will change the way we travel in the long term, and we are committed to supporting any innovation projects that can help us meet these new challenges.”
Checking negative Covid-19 tests by the app and creating a certificate are only compatible with AOK Pass partner laboratories, which in France include Cerballiance and Biogroup. In addition, the pilot will only be available to Air France customers flying from Paris-CDG to Guadeloupe or Martinique.
The app was co-developed by Perlin, ICC’s blockchain partner, and the startup AOKpass. Blockchain technology not only creates a layer of trust, it also ensures that app users are in control of their data and can choose who to share it with. In addition, it is customizable and adaptable to the changing needs of businesses and governments for health records. International SOS was the first group to pilot the app when operations resumed in person.
The app is used on a voluntary basis and Air France will share the results with other airlines in the Skyteam alliance, including Delta, KLM, Aeroflot, Air Italia, Korean Air and others. Different members of the alliance control and pursue different initiatives and report to each other on the results in order to ensure the safest and most efficient transition to regular air traffic.
Given that there are multiple Covid-19 credentials solutions in the market and interoperability is required between them, the Good Health Pass Collaborative was launched by ID2020 last month. Members are the Airports Council International and the ICC.
In the meantime, various other blockchain-based airline health data certification initiatives are being tested. For example, Emirates Airlines is testing the TrustOne app from GE Digital and TE-FOOD. British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways and others are testing IATA’s Travel Pass platform.