Tigerair Taiwan Unveils “Hoo Jiang” Tiger Mascot NFTs

Taipei-based airline Tigerair Taiwan says it will release NFTs featuring its “Hoo Jiang” animated tiger mascot in May. Besides being a cute digital collectible, Tigerair’s first NFT holders can offer many travel benefits.

According to recent reports, Tigerair will reward selected NFT collectors with a free trip to France. The lucky Tigerair NFT holder will also participate in the delivery of an Airbus A320neo to the European nation.

Tigerair Taiwan also says that people who buy “Hoo Jiang” NFTs can get benefits that only Tigerair employees enjoy, including free flights all year round. However, it is unclear how long these benefits will last or how many NFT holders will receive them.

Leaders at Tigerair Taiwan expressed their enthusiasm for NFT technologies and the increasing value of digital art. However, there are no reports of Tigerair having any plans for future NFT drops.

The first set of Tigerair Taiwan NFTs is launched on the popular Taiwanese crypto platform MaiCoin.

More airlines are taking their “first flight” to NFTs

Compared to video games or professional sports, the aviation industry may not seem like the most obvious solution to NFTs. In recent months, however, many of the world’s largest airlines have unveiled significant NFT-related projects. Some companies have even started using NFTs to redefine reward points and experiment with digital airline tickets.

Most recently, the UAE airline has announced big plans to create NFT collections that can unlock special discounts and exclusive experiences. In addition to NFTs, Emirates has expressed interest in developing a metaverse. Emirates executives are so eager to enter the metaverse that they are redesigning Dubai’s Emirates Pavilion to become a “Web3 innovation hub”.

While Emirates may be the most prominent airline to announce an NFT project, airBaltic was the first airline in the world to release 100 NFTs in 2021. The smaller Latvia-based company recently announced a new animated NFT collection called ‘ Planes’. According to airBaltic, the 10K “Planies” NFTs will be linked to airBaltic Club members’ points system for special benefits.

Rarity Sniper recently reported on Qantas Airways’ plans to open an NFT market. Like airBaltic, Qantas says people who create one of their upcoming NFTs can qualify for bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer points. While Qantas says its NFTs will highlight the company’s long history, there are no details about what these upcoming NFTs will portray.

Speaking of Frequent Flyer points, a few airlines are now offering a new cryptocurrency called “FlyCoin”. Based on the Ethereum blockchain, FlyCoin is now an option in rewards programs on select airlines such as Ravn Alaska and Northern Pacific Airways.

Finally, TravelX and Air Europa made big news when they announced the first NFT boarding pass. In December, passengers who have this Algorand-based NFT ticket in their crypto wallet could fly from Madrid to Miami. If NFTs work as intended for this upcoming flight, they could become the new standard in the aviation market.

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