HONG KONG: Cathay and Dragonair begin using e-AWBs in HK

Following their announcement earlier this year that by 1 January 2011 they would adopt electronic air waybills (e-AWBs) with their forwarder partners for all shipments departing from Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Cargo and Dragonair Cargo have announced that in mid-September two of their forwarder partners had implemented e-AWBs. Trans-Am Airfreight was the first forwarder in […]


Following their announcement earlier this year that by 1 January 2011 they would adopt electronic air waybills (e-AWBs) with their forwarder partners for all shipments departing from Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Cargo and Dragonair Cargo have announced that in mid-September two of their forwarder partners had implemented e-AWBs. Trans-Am Airfreight was the first forwarder in the airlines’ home market to cutover to 100 per cent e-AWB. The new air waybill – a crucial piece of IATA’s efreight initiative – reduces paper and handling costs and also enables submission of e-AWBs to the airlines at any time before the cut-off time, enhancing efficiency and flexibility. Super-leaders Logistics was the other forwarder partner to start using e-AWB three months ahead of the airlines’ official schedule. Cathay and Dragonair are the first airlines in the world to adopt the initiative to streamline the air cargo process by adopting 100 per cent e-AWB in their home market. The airlines plan to expand the initiative to its worldwide markets within the next two years.