Cathay Pacific Cargo Completes Trial of IATA’s ONE Record at HKIA

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(05 May 2021)
Cathay Pacific Cargo has taken a significant step
towards the end-to-end digitisation of the global supply chain by
taking the lead in its third pilot of IATA’s ONE Record
initiative, this time at its home hub in Hong Kong.

IATA ONE Record builds on paperless operations of
the e-AWB (Electronic Air Waybill) and creates a virtual record
for all shipments, a single-record view of a shipment that will
enable data to be shared by all stakeholders across the air cargo
industry.

Cathay Pacific Cargo was the first airline to
implement 100% e-AWB operations in its home market and the airline
has been the leader in its implementation around the world for the
past 10 years, contributing to Hong Kong’s reputation as the
leading international air cargo hub.

IATA’s ONE Record initiative enables end-to-end
transparency of consignments as they pass through multiple links
in the chain from shipper to agent, airline, warehouse and
statutory authorities such as customs, all following IATA’s
protocols for APIs – the interface that enables users to connect
to the system – security and data sharing.


Old picture of a Cathay Pacific Boeing 747F reg: B-HUQ taking off from HKIA. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Henk Mulder, IATA Head of Digital Cargo, said,
“The ultimate aim of the ONE Record programme is to enable a
data-led digitisation of the global supply chain in order to
improve service, speed and reliability, through the
standardisation of competing or overlapping systems of the
different stakeholders in the air cargo industry into one of
shared intelligence and cooperation.”

The pilot, which ran in Hong Kong in March, was a
joint initiative between Cathay Pacific Cargo and the Airport
Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), and enabled stakeholders to view
shipment data over a two-day period.

Alaina Shum, AAHK General Manager, Aviation
Logistics, said, “With our synchronised vision with IATA and
Cathay Pacific Cargo, Hong Kong International Airport is actively
exploring the development of a community-based air-cargo data
platform to further enhance operational efficiency, supply chain
transparency and industry standardisation. With the digital
collaborations among the airport cargo community stakeholders, we
trust that Hong Kong is getting ready to bring the city’s air
cargo industry to a new frontier.”

The trial followed shipments from freight
forwarders, which could be monitored by all parties during the
pilot. The participating freight forwarders included Sinotrans
(HK) Air Transportation Development Co Ltd, Soonest Express (HK)
Co Ltd and DHL, which all used a platform developed by Global
Logistics System (HK) Co Ltd (GLS).

GLS (HK) also developed the platform for Cathay
Pacific Cargo.

Simon Ng, GLS (HK) CEO,  said, ”We have been
supporting Cathay Pacific Cargo, our biggest airline customer, in
all the ONE Record pilots to date. We are aiming at enabling data
exchange between forwarders and Cathay Pacific based on the ONE
Record standard over a web-based API by the third quarter of this
year. This is a first step towards our ultimate vision in
migrating all of our airline and forwarder customers to the ONE
Record standard.”

Cathay Pacific Cargo previously participated in
ONE Record pilots in Amsterdam and London Heathrow. Following the
success of this pilot, the airline’s next objective is to
introduce ONE Record across its global operations.

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