Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), which serves Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, India, is joining the metaverse with the launch of ‘BLR Metaport.’
BLR Metaport, developed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Polygon, allows users to explore the airport’s T2 in the metaverse, making it the first of its kind in the world.
Visitors can not only tour the virtual terminal via their devices but also engage with it. In fact, people will be able to check into flights and engage in other social activities such as communicating with other travelers within the metaverse space.
In terms of the virtual space’s future goals, BLR Metaport visitors will be able to shop from their favorite brands from anywhere in the world.
Aside from that, BLR Metaport will also allow users to trade digital collectibles, such as digital artwork, certifications awarded for completing various industry-related training courses, and commemorative NFTs.
“We are very excited that BIAL is entering into the new world of metaverse through the BLR Metaport. This is our first foray into the world of Web3 and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and we aim to delight travelers with a unique, immersive, and virtual experience,” said Satyaki Raghunath, BIAL’s Chief Strategy and Development Officer.
Although this is BIAL’s first foray into Web3, other airlines have already explored this new world.
Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZ) made its metaverse debut in October with the launch of METADAFZ.
In July, Etihad Airways announced the release of their first NFT collection, ‘EY-ZERO1,’ which includes authentic 3D aircraft models.
In April, TravelX and Air Europa collaborated to launch the world’s first NFT flight ticket series, “The Art as the Destination,” and closed the auction with a total of USD $1,002,000.