The logistics platform of low-cost carrier AirAsia, Teleport, has included eleven weekly cargo-only flights to serve regional destinations in Asia from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi (BKK) and Don Mueang (DMK) airports.
The Cargo capacity for the flights operated by AirAsia’s Thai AirAsia and Thai AirAsia X subsidiaries is visible to airlines and shippers via a blockchain-based platform, Freightchain, a subsidiary of Teleport.
Earlier before the launch, Teleport told Air Cargo World that using the Freightchain platform will enable it to make the capacity on the flights available to other interline carriers. The Freightchain platform will also help save time instead of using the traditional interlining process, which is manual.
COO of Teleport
The Chief Operating Officer of Teleport, Adrian Loretz, also stated the benefits of the blockchain-based platform:
“Freightchain allows buyers to programmatically search and discover different routes and itineraries available for booking on the network. These interline itineraries were created by Freightchain on demand by combining the flights of different airlines. The platform also allows buyers to make bookings by submitting their bid for desired itineraries online and receive prompt information from airlines once the bid is accepted.”
Destinations covered by the cargo-only flights from BKK 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).
In addition to that, the carrier confirmed that all additional capacities on passenger flights operated by AirAsia subsidiary airlines except AirAsia India are also bookable via Freightchain. The Freightchain platform was launched in April 2020. It uses Hyperledger Sawtooth to carryout bookings and interline agreements. However, Teleport said the platform only represents a strategic initiative, and it intends to be an independent cargo booking platform soon.
Meanwhile, Thai AirAsia X has 14 A330s, which began flying an A330-300 chartered by shipping line Maersk to transport tyres from Thailand to Japan. Thai AirAsia’s fleet has 62 A320 family aircraft.