Lufthansa Cargo links with DB Schenker using API

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Lufthansa Cargo has connected with DB Schenker’s booking system through a direct Application Programming Interface (API).

The carrier’s smartBooking API is a digital interface that maps the booking process for customers and partners to make it easier and more targeted.

Customers can then receive information on up to 40 routes per product with the corresponding best prices directly into their booking system. 

“All offers are fully validated and immediately bookable. This also eliminates the need for duplicate data entry,” said Lufthansa Cargo.

By linking its Transport Management System (TMS) directly to Lufthansa Cargo’s booking system, DB Schenker can structure offers according to its needs and use available booking options immediately.

The freight forwarder has been using the smartBooking interface to Lufthansa Cargo since the middle of the month as part of a worldwide rollout.

To start with, DB Schenker is using the connection to book standard products such as general cargo ( and td.flash), with the option to extend to special products.

Ashwin Bhat, chief executive of Lufthansa Cargo, said: “At Lufthansa Cargo, we rely on digital solutions that offer our customers clear added value – be it in search and booking processes or the management of the same. smartBooking is one such solution: Current offer data is transmitted quickly, seamlessly and transparently in this way, in line with our customer’s respective needs.

“The fact that our long-standing Global Partner DB Schenker is now successfully connected to Lufthansa Cargo via this API link is something we are very pleased about and motivates us to continuously develop our digital services and solutions.”

“The long-standing cooperation and trust between Lufthansa Cargo and DB Schenker was key for the implementation of the API interface. Direct access to Lufthansa Cargo‘s dynamic pricing from our inhouse Transport Management System will boost the user experience. Our customers will benefit from the additional efficiency,” said Asok Kumar, executive vice president global airreight at DB Schenker.

In December, Cargolux and DB Schenker added a direct API interface to their respective IT systems.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]