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OPINION: How Web3 is Revolutionizing the Aviation Industry Through Decentralization

By Brendan McKittrick | September 20, 2023
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Brendan McKittrick of Aerobloc discusses how Web3 is revolutionizing the aviation industry through decentralization. (Photo: Aerobloc)

Web3—a catalyst towards redefining and transforming various sectors or a revolution that can permeate daily aspects of our lives? Or is it neither?

To help answer this question, focusing on one sector that connects human lives on a daily basis—aviation—might provide a clearer picture. As the world takes flight into the future, the principles of decentralization are propelling the aviation sector to new heights of efficiency, collaboration, and innovation, all of which are essential to breaking constraints of legacy procedures.

Trusted Collaboration: The Backbone of Web3 in Aviation

In the past, airlines, airports, and supporting industries often operated in silos, wary of sharing sensitive data with competitors. However, web3’s decentralized architecture is changing this paradigm. Through smart contracts and even more advanced tools like AI-driven Distributed Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), competitors are finding new ways to collaborate in a trustless environment.

Web3 allows stakeholders to engage in agreements and transactions without intermediaries or centralized authorities. This shift in trust dynamics has the potential to streamline complex operations, from ticketing and baggage handling to maintenance and safety protocols. With web3, trust is no longer a question of reliance on a third party but a fundamental feature of the system itself.

Self-Organizing Systems: Breaking Free from Legacy Constraints

A prime example of this revolutionary shift can be found in Aerobloc, where legacy constraints are a thing of the past. In the aviation industry, many systems have core technologies dating back to the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. This archaic infrastructure hampers innovation and efficiency. Web3’s self-organizing systems, on the other hand, offer a clean slate for progress.

This pairing of emerging technology and streamlined procedures will create product offerings that can be as rich and diverse as the industry players choose, unburdened by the constraints of legacy systems. This newfound flexibility empowers stakeholders to reimagine the entire aviation experience, from booking a ticket to boarding a plane, creating a stress-free environment for everyone involved.

Micro-Ownership and Tokenization: Democratizing Aviation

Web3 technology introduces a concept known as tokenization. This feature allows assets to be broken down into digital tokens, paving the way for micro-ownership and democratization within the aviation sector. Passengers and investors can now own fractional shares of aircraft, airport assets, or even donate their loyalty tokens towards the carbon neutrality of their seats. This transformative shift opens doors to a more inclusive aviation industry while simultaneously reducing unit costs and transaction overhead through web3 Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) models.

Envision a future where passengers aren’t just customers but also partial owners of the airlines they choose to fly with. This newfound sense of ownership is poised to drive a deeper commitment to safety, service quality, and environmental responsibility. It also sets the stage for innovative financing models that break free from the traditional constraints of aviation investment. To put it simply, this is a transformation long overdue.

As web3 gains traction, digital wallets are becoming the standard, facilitating seamless value exchange across all digital channels. This translates into a frictionless experience for both passengers and businesses operating within the aviation sector. Whether it’s the ease of purchasing tickets, paying for in-flight services, or settling intricate contracts between airlines and airports, digital wallets are simplifying these processes. Furthermore, these digital wallets enable secure and efficient cross-border transactions, eliminating the need for costly currency conversions and complex financial intermediaries. This newfound simplicity in financial transactions promises cost savings and operational efficiency for all aviation stakeholders.

Building Trust and a Thriving Marketplace in Web3 Aviation

Within this open and collaborative community, airlines, airports, and their supporting industries are finding unprecedented opportunities to collaborate and prosper. Even in an industry historically characterized by competition, web3’s decentralized ecosystem is facilitating a newfound sense of common ground.

Automation, precision, and assurance are becoming the standard in this trusted marketplace. As a result, operational costs are shrinking, and trust is being instilled across thousands of business processes. The once burdensome and costly legacy systems are undergoing a transformation, evolving into next-generation, efficient blockchain models that benefit all stakeholders. All in all, web3 technology is reshaping the aviation industry by introducing trusted collaboration, self-organizing systems, micro-ownership, and seamless value exchange. By embracing the principles of decentralization and converging AI, blockchain, and web3 solutions, web3 adopters such as Aerobloc are set to positively impact a quintessential travel method and by extension, will positively benefit our efficiency for all transport-related services.

So, is web3 the catalyst that will redefine and transform various sectors or is it simply developing technology that may permeate aspects of our daily lives?

Well, I say yes to both.


This article is contributed by Brendan McKittrick, the co-founder and chairman of Aerobloc.

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