Iberia to deploy electronic documentation system for international freight operations before end of 2008

European air routes between Spain and as Frankfurt, Stockholm and Amsterdam first to make changeover: Reduction in paper consumption as electronic messages used - Enhancement of air cargo efficiency - Iberia already uses “Iberia Cargo e-AWB” electronic waybills on domestic routes. Before the end of this year, Iberia will implement a new electronic documentation system for air cargo shipments, initially for routes between Spain and Frankfurt, Stockholm, and Amsterdam, in compliance with the Spanish e-Freight project defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Iberia was chosen by IATA to pioneer the project, because of its leadership in the air freight market, its strategic location in both Europe and Latin America, and its efficiency in instituting paperless e-tickets in its domestic and international passenger business.

In addition, Iberia has already adopted e-documentation for domestic freight shipments via the “Iberia Cargo e-AWB” electronic waybill, the most important of the 13 separate paper documents now used for each air shipment. Under the e-Freight scheme, these will all be replaced by e-documents.

The new procedures, devised by a group of air freight experts directed and coordinated by Iberia, will save time, reduce costs, cut paper consumption, and increase efficiency.

In 2007 Iberia carried more than 260,500 tonnes of air cargo. The airline is market leader in Spain and on routes between Europe and Latin America. It posted operating income of 5,522 million euros in 2007 and net earnings of 327.6 million euros, on an Ebitdar of 932 million euros. It is also recognised for its commitment to responsible social, economic, and environmental practices. Along with its franchise partner Iberia Regional, the airline operates some 1,000 flights each day to about 100 destinations. Iberia carried 32.5 million passengers in 2007. It is a member of the oneworld airline alliance along with American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, JAL, LAN, Malev, Qantas and Royal Jordanian.


Source: Iberia
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