Many companies and industries are incorporating Web3 technologies into their business structures, and the travel industry is no exception.
On Wednesday, Flybondi, an Argentinian airline, announced a strategic alliance with TravelX, a blockchain technology company responsible for tokenizing flight tickets. The partnership intends to enable travelers to purchase airline tickets as nonfungible tokens through Binance Pay, using USD Coin (USDC) as payment for transactions.
“In 1990, there were 1.2B of airline passengers, and the industry’s market size was valued at $250B. Thanks to Internet adoption, between 1990 and 2007, the industry grew to 2.5B passengers and a $510B market size.”
He explained that another increase took place in 2008. When it became mandatory for International Air Transport Association members to use e-ticketing services, the number of travelers grew to 4.5 billion yearly and the industry had a market size of $870 billion.
Diaz believes that NFTickets could be beneficial to travelers, because it would allow flyers to auction, sell, trade and transfer tickets from wallet to wallet, giving them full control over managing and disposing of their travel assets freely and seamlessly:
“Imagine being able to sell your NFTicket if you cannot travel, or send it by text message as a gift to your mum whenever you want.”
Additionally, NFTickets could potentially allow airlines to increase their revenue through resales from the secondary market. Diaz told Cointelegraph, “Every time an NFTicket is resold in the secondary market, the airline collects a percentage of the upside based on the revenue sharing model defined in the smart contract.”
Speaking on his vision for a bright and exciting future for the space, Diaz stated:
“We believe the blockchain-based distribution and retail infrastructure we are creating for the travel industry will help to evolve it into a more transparent industry, governed by clear smart contracts without black boxes, hiding fees, or conditions.”
He added, “But probably the most interesting new use cases are the ones that we couldn’t imagine yet.”
TravelX also hopes to set a precedent for the standardization of NFTickets within the travel industry, but has no intention of monopolizing the market, shared Diaz.
“We just created the first layer of infrastructure, and we are opening it for the actual travel industry and new players, like Exchanges, DeFi protocols, or entrepreneurs, to connect and/or build new solutions on top of it.”
He explained that the blockchain company is building its infrastructure on the Algorand network, because of its “performance, security, cost, and scalability, but mainly because it is an environmentally friendly blockchain, considering its proof of stake, achieved the status of being carbon negative.”
For now, TravelX, a US-based company, is focused on airline inventory distribution which is the most challenging area that can be positively impacted within the travel industry. Mr. Diaz shared: “TravelX is in negotiations and working with more than 60 airlines from Europe, the Middle East, and the US for them to integrate TravelX’s standard and infrastructure for their inventory management and distribution.”