American Airlines Cargo Pushes toward Paperless

Fort Worth, TexasSept. 12, 2013American Airlines Cargo announced that it joined a group of carriers to sign the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Multilateral Electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB) agreement, moving the airline one step closer to paperless airfreight operations. 

The IATA agreement provides a single standard agreement for airlines and freight forwarders to carry out cargo contracts electronically. As of Sept. 2, 41 airlines and 187 freight forwarders have joined the multilateral agreement. 

Long term, American strives to move toward paperless operations that ultimately help to increase the efficiency, accuracy and speed of processing freight, while reducing errors and costs for the company and its customers. The move is one way the airline is looking to minimize its impact on the environment.

American is undergoing trials with key customers on select lanes with goals of expanding e-AWBs throughout its network soon thereafter.