IATA Air Cargo Innovation Award finalists focus on ULD tech

For the third year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the names of three finalists for the organization’s Air Cargo Innovation Awards. This time, all three focus on the same piece of equipment in the supply chain: the ubiquitous unit load device (ULD). IATA’s judges winnowed down the short list of finalists from […]

CHAMP releases tool to monitor aviation emissions

Today, Luxembourg-based IT company CHAMP Cargosystems has released a new offering to help ease clients’ compliance with newly imposed emissions regulations. CHAMP’s product, the EmissionsCalculator – available for airlines, shippers and forwarders – gathers data from clients’ usage of CHAMP’s digital platforms, broken down by flight or air waybill number to measure harmful emissions, such […]

CHAMP’s Matt Woolmer on bringing digitalization to SME forwarders

In January, Oman Air Cargo became the latest carrier to jump onboard the digitalization train by offering its customers electronic access to its capacity via Traxon cargoHUB, a digital messaging platform for carriers and forwarders from Luxembourg-based IT firm CHAMP Cargosystems. The platform is compatible with IATA’s electronic air waybill (e-AWB) initiative, called e-Freight, which […]

West Atlantic Sweden adopts CHAMP’s weight-and-balance software

West Atlantic Sweden, subsidiary carrier of West Atlantic Group, has adopted Luxembourg-based IT firm CHAMP Cargosystems’ weight and balance software to optimize its load planning, specifically for its recently purchased 767-200SF freighter (at right), which West Atlantic will operate out of Cologne, Germany (CGN). The application aims to help airlines better plan their aircraft loads, keeping […]

CHAMP’s Emanuel Hille on operational headaches ACAS may bring

After years of discussion and delays, the Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) program was finally launched in June, requiring carriers entering the United States to provide all information about the cargo – including the air waybill number, shipper and consignee names and addresses, a description of the cargo, quantity and weight – to U.S. Customs […]

Growing Accustomed: Customs platforms give edge to smaller forwarders

Sometimes the smallest things can have the greatest impact. Take customs clearance, for example, in the air cargo handling process. Carlos Jaramillo, president of Miami-based freight forwarder Marca Global Logistics, recalls a shipment of cargo earlier this year coming from the Far East into Miami to be trans-shipped to Chile, but was held up briefly […]

Cargo’s Crystal Ball: The power of machine learning

Most shippers were caught off-guard last August when the world’s seventh-largest container line suddenly went into receivership. An estimated US$14 billion in cargo was left in limbo after two-thirds of South Korea-based Hanjin’s fleet – some 93 vessels – were seized, stranded or denied entry into ports. Shippers immediately opened their contingency playbooks and began […]

CHAMP’s Traxon CDMP gets ‘Flight View’ feature upgrade

Luxembourg-based cargo IT service provider CHAMP Cargosystems is making it easier to track the progress of airfreight movements by adding a new “Flight View” feature to its Traxon CDMP tool. Traxon CDMP (for Cargo Data Management Portal) is designed to measure performance across the supply chain, identifying areas for improvement and meeting quality standards of […]

eAWB360 initiative aims to get smaller forwarders on board

SEATTLE — After more than a decade of stubbornly holding onto paper, air cargo carriers and freight forwarders of all sizes are finally realizing the benefits of going digital with e-airway bills (e-AWB).  The underlying theme of yesterday’s eAWB360 session, hosted by IATA’s Cargo Network Services (CNS) in Seattle, was that e-AWB implementation is no […]

Silk Way West Airlines goes for CHAMP load planning software

Baku-based Silk Way West Airlines has opted to use Weight & Balance load-planning software, developed by Luxembourg-based cargo IT solutions provider, CHAMP Cargosystems. Load planners at Silk Way West will soon use the program to optimize the speed and accuracy of building balanced loads for its fleet of 747Fs. The new agreement is an extension […]

NEW-LDs: Thinking inside (and outside) the box

Before a freighter pushes back from the apron, and the pilots go through the checklist of the critical systems and equipment on the aircraft, might it seem unusual to only check the sensors on three of the four engines? Or maybe test the flaps and rudder, but not the horizontal stabilizers? Of course it would […]

WCS 2017: Disruption finally hits air cargo as carriers pivot

ABU DHABI — There has been talk in recent years about the wave of digital disruption coming to air cargo. Well, that wave appears to have arrived. Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo, as an example, is on its way to true digital transformation, said Laurent Petitmangin, the carrier’s Vice President Marketing, Digital & Communication. Petitmangin said […]

Kalitta Air’s implements CHAMP’s weight & balance software

U.S.-based cargo carrier Kalitta Air has implemented CHAMP Cargosystems’ Weight & Balance application, which manages load planning.  Kalitta operates a fleet of sixteen 747 freighters, and has obtained FAA approval for the usage of CHAMP’s technology for its freighter fleet. CHAMP’s software is a Java-based web application, enabling carriers and forwarders to drag, drop and […]