Chasing out the paper
Emirates SkyCargo, a leading force in the global air freight industry's drive towards the implementation of the e-Freight initiative to remove paper from the supply chain, has marked another milestone in its efforts - the recent completion of the first flight between Singapore and Dubai to operate with an aircraft bellyhold filled entirely with shipments that had been processed electronically.
According to Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates Airline, a B777-300ER (Extended Range) aircraft from its extensive widebody fleet with a bellyhold capacity of 23 tonnes uplifted a diverse load of freight from the UAE gateway, which included mobile phones, various other electronic goods and ship spare parts.
e-Freight is an industry initiative facilitated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) with the goal of removing all paper air waybills, as well as every other shipping-related hard-copy document and certificate, by the end of 2014. SkyCargo says it is on track to meet that target, with 51 of the locations it serves already meeting e-Freight compliance criteria.
She went on: "e-Freight allows for quicker processing of shipments, a reduction in paper costs, as well as fuel due to the reduced weight, which all contribute to an improvement in the reliability and efficiency of the service we provide customers.
With its 103-tonne payload B777 freighters also operating on the Singapore route, Emirates SkyCargo transports a diverse range of goods from the city state, such as electronic equipment and products, ship spare parts, and oil well equipment to a number of destinations across the globe, including the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
> Emirates is to launch additional B777 and A330 flights to Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar. Lahore and Islamabad will both be served by non-stop flights seven times a week from 31 October and 2 November respectively. Peshawar International airport will benefit from three weekly flights starting 5 November.