HK Express completed its first flight trial using CommonPass, its digital health passport application, which stores Covid-19 tests and vaccine records.
The group announced that the first trial took place on May 6 on flight UO172 from Hong Kong heading to Taichung in Taiwan. It said that a team of pilots and cabin crew volunteered to use the CommonPass app as part of the international trial.
According to HK Express, volunteers have to set up a user profile and take a virus test 24 to 72 hours before departures, with specimens to be analysed by designated laboratory Prenetics.
Volunteers will then receive their test results within a day via the CommonPass app, and can present the result when reporting for duty.
HK Express added that the app protects users’ privacy by keeping all personal identifiable information on each user’s mobile device. The app only requires the minimum amount of Covid
-19 related data, the airline pointed out as well.
HK Express described the trial as a turning point in travel and digitisation, and said the app opens the door to a more convenient, stress-free post-pandemic travel experience.
Mandy Ng Kit-man, CEO of HK Express, said the flight trial with CommonPass marks an important milestone for the airline, and new technologies will help the industry emerge from the pandemic stronger and more resilient than ever.