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ZURICH: May 29, 2018. Ground handler Swissport International says it is exploring Blockchain technology with start-up companies Olam and Winding Tree.

Swissport is studying the benefits of blockchain for its cargo handling business and intends to start a pilot programme with Olam, a non-profit foundation that is developing an open-source platform for supply chain partners.

Swissport BlockchainHendrik Leyssens, head of Global Cargo Operations said: “Thinking beyond traditional messaging, blockchain could eventually become the new standard allowing us to overcome the chronic lack of transparency, which is typical for fragmented supply chains. Blockchain could speed up transactions, enhance transaction security and at the same time unlock cost savings.”

Winding Tree, a blockchain-based travel distribution platform, wants to explore the potential of distributing Swissport’s existing travel services and new offers by allowing any provider to tap into Swissport’s inventory through Winding Tree.

“Blockchain allows us to reimagine how we work with our partners in the complex aviation and logistics ecosystem,” added Florian Eggenschwiler, head of Innovation at Swissport. “We expect to see lasting benefits from this technology for fragmented global industries like aviation services and supply chain.”

Swissport operates at 315 airports in 50 countries across five continents. In 2017 it reported operating revenue of €2.8 billion.

Pictured: Turkish Airlines country head Cengiz Inceosman provided two tickets from Amsterdam to anywhere in Turkey recently for Swissport agent competition winner Fenna Griffioen, following a “very positive start” to ground handling services for the airline.

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