Qatar Airways Cargo has made available its capacity to more countries on online booking portal WebCargo.
The airline said that from June 30 all countries in its Europe region – excluding Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia – would be able to use the online booking platform to book capacity on its aircraft.
In February, Qatar Cargo offered its capacity on WebCargo to users in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa and Spain.
With the implementation of WebCargo across Europe, the total count of countries in the airline’s network on the platform will increase to 32.
Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, Guillaume Halleux, said: “We are glad to further roll out the third-party eBooking platform, WebCargo throughout Europe, as we aim to provide digital connectivity for our customers and extend digitalisation across our operations.
“This will bring in more efficiencies in the supply chain and provide multiple benefits for our customers. Our aim is to gradually roll out WebCargo throughout our global network during the year, providing convenience and transparency to our customers.”
Zvi Schreiber, chief executive of WebCargo parent Freightos Group, added: “The hypergrowth of our eBookings in the last few months (up 1,000% year on year) has proven that forwarders are very keen to adopt real-time pricing, capacity, and eBookings, particularly in today’s volatile market.
“Ultimately, this allows them to deliver better air cargo to importers/exporters. With today’s significant expansion of our partnership with Qatar Airways Cargo, we are excited to drive a further acceleration of digital air cargo bookings in Europe.”
The airline said it had been receiving high volumes of e-bookings via the platform since the addition of its capacity.
“Digitalisation or digital future is a key pillar of the carrier’s strategy as it moves towards more systems that allow for dynamic pricing, automatic quotations, robotic integration and improved reporting,” the airline said, pointing out that it had “introduced a number of digitalisation initiatives like Robotic Process Automation for shipment tracking, Salesforce (Service Cloud), IATA’s One Record Pilot project with Agility and Champ and the roll out of WebCargo even during the challenging times of the pandemic”.
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