Eva Air to Launch First Asian Pilot of The AOKPass
Pilot will see EVA Air join Air France, Alitalia, Etihad, Air Caraïbes and Corsair in live pilots of AOKpass, the digital health passport with nearly 130 airports ready to deploy pilots with airlines.
EVA Air has announced a pilot of AOKpass, the world’s most operationally advanced secure health certificate platform and app. The pilot, which will be AOKpass’ first in Asia, will be available on flights between Taiwan Taoyuan Airport (TPE) and San Francisco (SFO) / Los Angeles (LAX). Using the app, travellers will be able to securely verify their COVID-19 test results with the airline, from laboratories approved by local health authorities. They will benefit from fast track channels at San Francisco and Los Angeles, while retaining the privacy of their personal health data. Deployments of AOKpass have already involved over 500 flights, reflecting its strong focus on forming local, regional and global alliances for interoperability across jurisdictions and industries.
EVA Air spokesperson, David Chen, commented, “It is vitally important that our passengers’ health is protected, their data is secure and they have a convenient travel experience. AOKpass supports all these three key aims and the pilot will be assisted by our trusted medical partner, MedAire. By running a six-week pilot we will be able to see the consistent benefits to our passengers.”
Bill Dolny, CEO of MedAire, specialists in providing medical and security support to the aviation and maritime industries, continued, “As organisations are starting to return to travel and operations, AOKpass has been instrumental in ensuring that airlines, airports, and immigration authorities can deliver this safely and sustainably. AOKpass, and the extensive testing network that supports it, has already been used to process thousands of health passes, supporting travellers since September 2020. For the growing number of returning travellers, safety at scale is critical, as is continuing to provide assurance and renewed confidence in travel. EVA Air is to make this another successful implementation and step towards our collective industry goal to open the skies with safe travel once again.”
Under current regulations, travellers to and from Taiwan Taoyuan Airport are required to take a PCR test for COVID-19 72 hours prior to departure. With the AOKpass, EVA Air passengers are able to store their PCR test results digitally on their mobile devices for later verification at the airport. The AOKpass management system completes this verification using a global, blockchain-based network ensuring all test results are genuine, valid, and in line with government regulations.
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AOKpass is the blockchain based digital health certification co-founded by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and global industry leaders in health and certification services, MedAire and SGS Group. With an extensive international network of over 80,000 accredited clinics and health providers already in place, AOKpass aims to be the globally trusted digital infrastructure for international health records verification. AOKpass collects no medical information from its users and applies medical, government and industry standards to ensure seamless travel through multiple jurisdictions.
MedAire has been a partner to the aviation industry since 1985. MedAire provides fully integrated travel health and security solutions to over 150 of the world’s leading airlines and more than 4,000 private aircraft including 75% of fortune 100 companies. Integrated solutions include real-time advice and assistance, training, equipment, and professional services for crew and passengers both in and beyond the cabin. MedAire’s MedLink and Global Response Centre, handle thousands of calls a year to help crew and passengers manage medical and travel safety events in the air and on the ground with 24/7 access to emergency care doctors, nurses and aviation security specialists. For more information visit www.medaire.com. Follow at www.linkedin.com/company/medaire
About EVA Air
EVA Air is a Star Alliance member and one of only 10 SKYTRAX-rated 5-Star airlines worldwide. Travelers responding to SKYTRAX’s global survey voted EVA number one for the “World’s Cleanest Aircraft Cabins” and “Best Economy Class Airline Catering.” TripAdvisor recognized it among the “Top 10 Airlines – World” and awarded it top spots in four more categories in its annual Travellers’ Choice Awards for Airlines while Travel + Leisure readers also ranked it in the Top-10 International Airlines. The carrier was established in 1989 as Taiwan’s first privately owned international airline. It is part of the respected Evergreen Group and a sister company to global container-shipping leader Evergreen Line. It flies a fleet of more than 80 Boeing and Airbus aircraft to over 60 international destinations throughout Asia, Oceania, Europe and North America where gateways are Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver. Travelers can learn more about EVA and schedule, book and buy tickets at www.evaair.com.