American Airlines Cargo announced today it joins the elite group of carriers to sign the IATA Multilateral Electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB) Agreement, moving the airline one step closer to paperless airfreight operations.
"We have been working behind the scenes on this important issue for some time, and we're excited to see our name added to the agreement," said Kenji Hashimoto, American's President of Cargo. "Joining this pioneering group moves us one step closer to paperless operations, which will create more efficiencies for our customers and help minimize our impact on the environment."
Long term, American strives to move toward paperless operations that will ultimately help to increase the efficiency, accuracy and speed of processing freight, while reducing errors and costs for the company and its customers. The move is one way the airline is looking to minimize its impact on the environment.
Currently, American is undergoing trials with key customers on select lanes with goals of expanding e-AWBs throughout its network soon thereafter.
The IATA agreement provides a single standard agreement for airlines and freight forwarders to carry out cargo contracts electronically. As of Sept. 2, 41 airlines and 187 freight forwarders have joined the multilateral agreement.
About American Airlines Cargo
American Airlines Cargo, a division of American Airlines, Inc., provides one of the largest cargo networks in the world with cargo terminals and interline connections across the globe. Each week, American provides more than 100 million pounds of cargo capacity to major cities in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. American offers more than 3,500 daily flights worldwide to and from its hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations, including important markets such as London, Madrid Sao Paulo and Tokyo.