Air Canada partners Winding Tree to integrate blockchain-based travel distribution platform.
Air Canada announced that it has signed a letter of intent to participate in an open source decentralized open source travel distribution platform being developed by the Swiss company Winding Tree.
The complexity of the current travel distribution landscape can deter new entrants and innovation in the distribution and sale of air travel products. Winding Tree intends to address this complexity by developing a decentralized open source platform for travel distribution to provide greater access to inventory directly from suppliers.
Keith Wallis, Director of Global Product Distribution for Air Canada, said:
“We are pleased to participate with Winding Tree in this innovative project for a new travel distribution channel. As the largest airline in Canada and a world leader in innovative airline distribution solutions, Air Canada recognizes the importance of taking advantage of this next-generation technology. We plan to integrate Air Canada’s Direct Connect API with the public blockchain platform of Winding Tree, giving users expert blockchain Ability to access our content directly from the source.”
Pedro Anderson, founder and director of operations of Winding Tree, also expressed his joy and said:
“As the first North American airline to work with the public blockchain platform of Winding Tree, Air Canada is showing itself as a true leader in innovation. We are excited to have your valuable collaboration to create the ideal developer experience and your continuous feedback on the road. while we build an open environment for travel distribution. “
Air Canada is the largest national and international airline in Canada serving more than 220 airports on six continents. The flag airline of Canada is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2017 it served more than 48 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 59 in the United States and 98 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the most complete air transport network in the world, serving 1,317 airports in 193 countries.
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