Airline Cargo

Transforming Lufthansa Cargo's airmail handling through digital innovation

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Lufthansa Cargo's "Go Digital" strategic initiative was established to digitally transform the documentary processes and operations to boost supply chain performance and enabling continuous innovation for our customers, and partners. A historic milestone was the achievement of a 100% share of electronic airway bills (eAWB) in August 2022. Our longstanding partnership with IBS Software has allowed us to achieve several additional strategic milestones on our digital transformation journey, the latest being the roll-out of iCargo Mail Handling across almost 100 stations. With the solution now imp...

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Streamlining compliance verification processes across air cargo operations

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Staying current with ever-changing global, regional, and country-specific regulations to ensure compliance across air cargo operations is a significant challenge for airlines. Yet, supply chain efficiency and cost-effectiveness hinge on all players being compliant every step of the way. Today, screening processes involve considerable human intervention and offline checks that are prone to error and operational bottlenecks. Or worse. How much simpler and more effective could the compliance verification process be if it were automated end-to-end? That´s the value iCargo´s new compliance capabili...

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

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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

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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

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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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