AirAsia rolls out cargo-only flights by utilising Blockchain platform


AirAsia’s logistics arm Teleport has added eleven weekly cargo-only flights for the regional destinations in Asia from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi (BKK) and Don Mueang (DMK) airports. 

Blockchain-based platform Freightchain, which is a Teleport-subsidiary, enables the cargo capacity for the flights, operated by AirAsia’s Thai AirAsia and Thai AirAsia X subsidiaries, to be completely visible to airlines and shippers.

By embracing the Freightchain platform, capacity is made available on the flights available to other interline carriers without needing to go through the traditional interlining process, which is time-consuming. 

“Freightchain enables buyers to programmatically search and discover different routes and itineraries available for booking on the network, including the interline itineraries created by Freightchain on demand by combining the flights of different airlines.”

~Adrian Loretz, Chief Operating Officer,Teleport

“It also enables buyers to make bookings by submitting their bid for desired itineraries online and receiving instant confirmation from airlines once the bid is accepted”, said the COO.

With respect to the cargo-only flights from BKK, the destinations include weekly flights to Colombo (CMB) and twice-weekly flights to Chennai (MAA), Dhaka (DAC) and Singapore (SIN). From DMK, weekly flights connect New Delhi (DEL) and Male (MLE), with twice-weekly flights to Kuala Lumpur (KUL). 

AirAsia also confirmed that Freightchain will also enable additional capacities on passenger flights to be operated by all of AirAsia’s subsidiary airlines except AirAsia India.

Freightchain, the world’s first digital air cargo network run on blockchain was launched in April to simplify the cargo booking process for shippers and freight forwarders without the need to go through traditional time-consuming sales or email channels.

Freightchain makes use of the blockchain platform Hyperledger Sawtooth to generate bookings and interline agreements.
It is intended to be an independent cargo booking platform, said Teleport.

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