Air France has announced plans to trial the ICC AOKpass digital health app on two routes from Paris CDG next month.
The app was created by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in collaboration with International SOS and the SGS Group, to allow customers to carry a digital, secure and portable copy of medical records including Covid-19 test results.
It will initially be trialled for four weeks starting March 11, on Air France routes from Paris CDG to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe, and Fort-de-France in Martinique.
Passengers take a test at a partner laboratory, and then present their negative test result via the app at the airport.
The trial will operate on a voluntary basis “in order to test the operation of the app in real conditions and to find out the opinions of test clients”, and Air France says it will share the feedback with other airlines within the Skyteam alliance.
Several other carriers have been trialling the AOKpass technology, including Etihad Airways on flights between Paris and Abu Dhabi.
It is one of a raft of “digital health passports” currently being trialled worldwide, as governments and airlines struggle try to promote travel in the Covid-19 era.
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Commenting on the news Catherine Villar, SVP customer experience for Air France, said:
“Improving and simplifying the customer experience is an ongoing priority for Air France. The testing of the AOKpass solution is fully in line with this framework and the approach initiated by the implementation of the Air France Protect label.
“We are convinced that the changes we are all currently experiencing will change the way we travel in the long term and are committed to supporting all innovation projects that can help us meet these new challenges. ”