Lufthansa Cargo is pushing the e-AWB by signing an agreement with the International Air Transport Association enabling e-AWBs to be used more efficiently.
Forwarders only need to sign one agreement with IATA to gain acceptance from multiple carriers for their e-AWB. All signatory airlines are then automatically included in the accord.
Lufthansa Cargo has tested the initiative in a trial run that began November.
“This industry-wide agreement is a major milestone on the road towards a completely paperless air cargo transport,” Lufthansa Cargo CEO and chairman Karl Ulrich Garnadt said. “Both our customers and we as an airline will profit from easier utilization of the e-AWB, as well as from more efficient and faster processes.”
Lufthansa Cargo plans to switch entirely to the use of e-AWB by 2015.