Etihad selects Descartes to set up IATA standards
Ontario, June 24, 2009
Etihad Crystal Cargo, a unit of Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, has selected Descartes Cargo 2000 to help the airline comply with processes and automation standards established by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Headquartered in Onatrio, Canada, Descartes Systems Group is a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider.
Cargo 2000, an industry initiative led by IATA, was created to standardise processes that improve efficiencies for the worldwide air cargo industry.
Descartes has supported IATA's Cargo 2000 initiative since 1998 and provides a highly effective offering that leverages the power of Descartes' global logistics network (GLN) to help users, such as Etihad Crystal Cargo, comply with Cargo 2000 certification requirements.
'Etihad Crystal Cargo continues to improve the efficiency of our operations and service and we are proud to take this step towards gaining full Cargo 2000 certification,' said Des Vertannes, Etihad Airways' executive vice president cargo.
'Descartes' Cargo 2000 will help us make greater use of the GLN and to quickly identify and respond to transportation and shipments.'
Using Descartes Cargo 2000, Etihad Crystal Cargo can monitor shipments at a master air waybill level between airports; monitor events and match route map milestones against actual event timing; consolidate status data of multiple route maps to obtain statistical data about transportation quality; and use route maps to describe transportation milestones from origin to destination.
'Etihad Crystal Cargo is a valued Descartes customer, and we are pleased that we could extend the value of our GLN to help them comply with Cargo 2000,' said Edward Ryan, executive vice president, global field operations for Descartes.'Descartes is committed to delivering results for our customers and we believe Cargo 2000, together with IATA's e-freight initiative, are important steps in air cargo process standardization,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service