Airline Cargo

Enabling agile airline partnerships in air cargo through a single, network-wide view


Airline partnerships in air cargo allow carriers to increase their network coverage and capacity utilization. Different partnership models exist with varying levels of commitment, from fixed capacity allocations under interline contracts to joint capacity selling under joint venture agreements. Yet, despite the significant business potential airline partnerships represent, there are far fewer in air cargo than on the passenger side. While multiple large-scale initiatives have been attempted, only a few have withstood the test of time. Most couldn't achieve expected results, commonly due to ope...

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ONE Record and the road to a seamlessly connected air cargo ecosystem


These are exciting times to work in air cargo; we have a unique "once-in-a-generation" opportunity to shape the industry's future by resetting its digital foundations. There´s significant room to improve operations in the cargo ecosystem, characterized by legacy standards, overly complex processes, siloed systems patchworks, and workaround solutions. The result? Truncated information flows and systems integrations where critical data is lost or inaccurately interpreted across the shipment lifecycle, leading to inefficiencies and putting compliance at risk. But a brighter future is in the makin...

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Air mail is dead, long live air mail


Not so long ago, air mail was considered the royalty of correspondence. But with the advent of email, instant messaging, and other digital technologies, many predicted air mail´s unretractable demise. Yet, IATA still reports that around 320.4 billion letters and post items continue to be sent every year and air mail cargo plays an essential role in their delivery. Air mail cargo is an important contributor to air cargo and with eCommerce continuing to boom, those numbers show no signs of relenting. And like all things analogue and digital, security is a critical area of attention, in this case...

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Four reasons why a strong air cargo community matters


Communities form the bedrock of civilization and have played a critical role in human evolution. Just as society benefits from the integration of different communities, so does the business world. Communities are not new to the airline industry. Reflecting the success of alliances from the passenger business, various commercially-driven communities also exist in air cargo. But non-commercially focused communities also exist, such as the working groups led by various industry bodies. As the scope of digitalization broadens and its pace accelerates, newer technology-driven communities have emerg...

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Four strategic considerations and four critical features to drive digital air cargo sales and distribution success


As cargo airlines accelerate and expand their digital transformation programs to improve how they manage their business, the same trend is beginning to permeate across the wider ecosystem. On the sales and distribution front, airlines know that relying on legacy forms of communicating with freight forwarders and digital marketplaces is unsustainable.  Existing industry standards don't enable seamless integration, real-time exchanges, and richer interactions between value chain stakeholders. They're a limitation to growth, efficiency, productivity, and seamless customer experiences. Forwar...

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