Willie Walsh, former chief executive of the International Airlines Group (IAG) and now director general and chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA)

MORE progress in the removal of the airfreight industry scourge of paper-based processes still needed to create a global digital cargo business, Willie Walsh, former chief executive of the International Airlines Group (IAG) and now director general and chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has urged.

“Clearly, we have made great progress on the passenger side of the business by removing a lot of the paperwork. But we are still inundated with paper on the cargo side of the business. I think there is a lot that we can do,” Walsh says.

“It means close working with…


IN ONE fell swoop, Coronavirus up-ended global society. The virus radically altered how we live and, for the foreseeable future, changed the dynamics of world trade by forcing nations to shut their borders without warning, impose severe quarantine restrictions and place lockdown measures on their people.

The effect of the health crisis on business sectors has been diverse and polarised in equal measure, with many such as the air transport, tourism and hospitality industries coming to a standstill, whilst other verticals like e-commerce and video conferencing saw their popularity and their revenues sky-rocket.

Whilst some would say everything has changed…


Not everybody is able to feast on the e-commerce pie, though. Whilst some world regions are clearly benefiting, such as in the Asia-Pacific, where the majority of transactions are currently taking place, others are falling behind, the UNCTAD report shows

MORE investment in transportation infrastructure — especially at airports and border crossings across the world — are critical for the cost-effective and timely distribution of inbound and outbound e-commerce shipments, a report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reveals.

The report entitled: COVID-19 and E-Commerce: A Global Review, conducted by UNCTAD and its ‘eTrade for all initiative’ member countries, shows that whilst e-commerce’s share of global retail trade rose by about 17 per cent last year, inefficient transport and trade logistics, barriers which reduce the cost benefits and speed advantages that digital transactions offer e-merchants, have…


THE GLOBAL e-commerce juggernaut is creating a split two-tier system between those airfreight businesses that are well-prepared to grab a healthy slice of the booming market — and those which are clearly not.

E-commerce can no longer be dismissed by airfreight companies simply as ‘not traditional air cargo’, especially in the middle of a pandemic where people are being forced to lock themselves in their homes and order goods on their computers.

The global air cargo landscape is changing rapidly experts agree, especially as data released in January by The International Air Transport Association (IATA), shows that global air cargo…


At the end of 2020, it became evident that some entities always have the well-beings of their employees at the core of their business models — and there are those which harbour an entirely different view

A COMPANY’s output is only as good as the staff it hires, trains, respects and protects. Aircargoeye.com editor Thelma Etim, reveals how two randomly chosen air cargo businesses have been prioritising the welfare of their employees around the world and throughout the pandemic.

Her research shows that the impact the global health pandemic is having on businesses and personnel across the entire air cargo supply chain could not be more starkly polarised. …


Air France/KLM makes historic flight utilsing Sustainable Aviation Fuel

AIR FRANCE/KLM (AF/KLM) has taken an environmental leap forward in its vision of an economically-viable French aviation bio-fuels sector — by conducting its first long-haul flight powered partly by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

In partnership with multi-energy company Total, airport operator Groupe ADP and European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the passengers and cargo combination carrier has transported shipments comprising mostly of pharmaceuticals, fresh fish and industrial equipment from Paris CdG to Montreal, Canada.

“The 16 per cent blend on this flight avoided the emission of 20 tonnes of CO2,” the airline reveals. “This is a tangible result of the four groups’…


Willie Walsh, the new director general and chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA)

WILLIE Walsh, the new director general and chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), is to prioritise the eradication of paper from the airfreight industry as the air transport industry eyes its recovery beyond the pandemic.

He wants to dramatically accelerate the removal of airfreight paper. “Not only is this important to enable efficiency, but you [must also] consider the amount of weight, believe it or not, that’s being carried around on an aircraft simply because of all of this cargo paperwork.

“It is not required, it is adding to the weight of the aircraft, [and] we look…


Cargo.One managing director Moritz Claussen, along with his fellow two co-founders Oliver T Neumann, also a managing director, and Mike Rötgers, who is the company’s chief technology officer

SADLY, it has taken a global health pandemic to inspire air cargo industry digitalisation.

COVID-19 has inadvertently helped the airfreight industry reach a major turning point that airline association IATA has been championing for years: dragging a reluctant airfreight industry kicking and screaming into the digital age.

Shippers’ unequivocal demands for greater accessibility, transparency, efficiency and speed — especially noticeable qualities amidst the health crisis and with the general switch to e-commerce trading — has forced a remarkable air cargo industry volte-face move away from antiquated, legacy, manual, paper-based processes.

With their eye on enhanced profitably, some airfreight companies have now shrewdly turned to a group of dynamic digital disruptors to transform their transactions…


AIR CARGO digital disruptors IBS Software and CargoAi have joined forces to augment the revenue of airlines and forwarders by creating a simple means to view accessibility to all carriers’ flight schedules and their cargo capacity — and then to easily and swiftly make online bookings.

The IBS iCargo single integrated platform manages all aspects of an airline’s cargo business, in a sweeping range of service modules that includes sales, airline operations, Customs clearances, mail, unit load device (ULD) usage, cashiering, claims, cargo and mail revenue accounting, as well as online portal services, data warehousing and business intelligence.

Singapore Airlines…


COVID-19 has ignited the widespread digitalisation of the global air cargo industry — and digital disruptors intent on ousting the industry’s old paper-based processes have suddenly become attractive investment propositions.

This explains why cloud-based, contactless freight payments platform PayCargo has become the latest business celebrating a major investment, to the tune of US$35 million, led by global venture capital and private equity firm Insight Partners.

In a similar development in July, Germany-based disruptor Cargo.One revealed it had raised $18.6 million investment capital to expand its digital air cargo e-bookings platform to North American and Asian markets.

The news of PayCargo’s…

Thelma Etim

I am the editor of air cargo industry news website aircargoeye.com, an alternative news and comment outlet for the global airfreight business.

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