AISATS introduces e-freight at Kempegowda International Airport
Mumbai, November 18, 2014(STAT):- Air India SATS Airport Services Pvt. Ltd (AISATS), one of India’s premier airport services companies, has introduced an e-freight initiative at its Bengaluru (BLR) Airfreight Terminal facility. With this launch, AISATS BLR takes a big step towards IATA’s e-freight initiative, building a paper-free air cargo supply chain and replacing it with cheaper, more accurate and more reliable electronic messaging.
To facilitate this, AISATS has incorporated its Airport Community System (ACS), a web-based electronic platformthat enables seamless electronic data interchange (EDI) between various stakeholders in the air cargo value chain.With this system in place, AISATS is well-equipped to do away with the traditional paper-based shipping data consolidation, and move towards electronic data management.
With this online portal, freight forwarders and cargo handling agents will have complete shipment visibility and be able to send data demanded by multiple carriers, customs, airport operators electronically through a single portal without doing duplicating data entry efforts on separate platforms. The ACS will also help in creating airline booking requests and sending the same electronically to the airlines including creating and printing of Master Air Waybill, House Air Waybills and Bar Code labels. This is set to ease sending FWB / FHL messages to airlines as well as create and print customs clearance documents.
Mr. Willy Ko, CEO, AISATS, said, “Since its inception, AISATS hasalways been committed towards minimizing impact of its operational processes on the environment. This e-freight initiative is yet another pro-active effort by AISATS and it is a big stride towardsfulfilling its desire to protect the environment. Not only will this green initiative increase operational efficiency but it also help to preserve the environment by effectively reducing paperwork. It takes efforts to change habits and we thank all the stakeholders for supporting and doing their part and together we managed to achieve this”.
By capturing the data on shipment electronically, this e-freight initiative will enhance stakeholders’ experience, optimize cargo operations, and rationalize unit costs with process efficiencies. This is a significant step towards improving efficiency while contributing towards environmental sustainability.