ETIHAD Cargo has become the latest carrier to sign up to the cargo.one enabling freight forwarders to instantly book cargo space on its aircraft through the digital booking platform.
Etihad Aviation Group's managing director cargo and logistics services Abdulla Mohamed Shadid noted that this is the latest step in the cargo carrier's digital development, which it started just over one year ago when it went live with the IBS iCargo system, reports London's Air Cargo News.
"Today, about 38 per cent of bookings are coming through our online portal and that number continues to increase - it shows the cargo industry's hunger and drive to adopt digital technologies, which I think has been historically lagging in the sector."
Moritz Claussen, managing director of cargo.one, said implementation work had started in September and had taken around six weeks to complete, helped by the fact that cargo.one has worked with other airlines on the IBS iCargo system.
"In total we are adding 30-35 additional destinations around the world with Etihad Cargo joining," he said.
"So, we are gaining quite a lot out of the addition of Etihad Cargo's network and we will be able to offer a lot more to forwarders using cargo.one."
In total, cargo.one now has eight airlines signed up to the portal - it also recently announced Nippon Cargo Airlines - as well as 320 freight forwarder companies, although they often have many branch offices making bookings.
Mr Claussen added that the number of users on cargo.one has been growing on average by 20 per cent each month and volumes are up significantly, despite the market downturn.