Cathay Pacific seals electronic first

IN a step towards creating a paperless environment in the airfreight industry Cathay Pacific implemented 100 per cent electronic air waybills (e-AWB) in Hong Kong on 1 January.

Cathay Pacific is the first airline operating out of Hong Kong to fully switch to e-AWB. The e-AWB initiative covers all online destinations from Hong Kong to which the airline and its sister airline Dragonair fly. The airline plans to implement 100 per cent e-AWB from all its overseas stations by the end of 2012, while IATA targets 100 per cent e-AWB globally by the end of 2014.

IATA selected nine countries/territories and airlines in which to run the e-AWB pilot programme.

E-freight means a shorter shipping cycle, reduced costs, faster customs clearance, the elimination of problems resulting from loss or misplaced documents, and reduced paper usage.

 

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