For travelers looking to New Zealand this year, the announcement of a major partnership between Air New Zealand and Blockchain non-profit startup Winding Tree for efficiency will be welcome news. The companies announced the partnership as a means of bringing smoothness and security of baggage, ticketing and other airline procedures.
The connection will produce a solid base for Blockchain to widely influence the travel industry. Many industry insiders see the power of Blockchain technology as a means of streamlining the complex and often broken processes surrounding ticketing, sales and baggage tracking.
According to the announcement, the companies are hoping to get the most out of the partnership, which should benefit both. Winding Tree is particularly interested in the fact that the bulk of the infrastructure for Air New Zealand is in-house, allowing a more global perspective on tech implementation. Winding Tree Founder and Chief Executive Officer Maksim Izmaylov told Cointelegraph:
"The Air New Zealand partnership is a great step forward for the Winding Tree Platform. Air New Zealand is one of the few airlines with most of its technology built in-house, this allows us to work on implementation across the distribution chain directly with them.”