E-freight movement picks up steam
“Fundamentally, we have issues with some airports and we haven’t focused on it as much as we should,” Kenji Hashimoto, president at American Airlines Cargo, says. “We have to work some of the issues. It’s been a cultural issue in the history of America, but we are focused on it now and will press forward.”
White says some airports are reluctant, but CNS is talking to them one by one and he viewed the reluctance as “small speed bumps.” The champions group will also be a force in this direction, he says.
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways has been one of the leaders in the airfreight movement.
“We took the approach of tough love,” Nick Rhodes, director cargo at Cathay Pacific Airways, says. “We said if you want to deal with Cathay Pacific, you have to do the e-AWB. We took the big leap on Jan. 1 of two years ago. It took us about 18 months to get the data right. Once you have it up and running, it does change the game. You need the home-based airline to take the lead in each airport.