Qatar Airways Cargo is making the move to real-time e-bookings, including live rates and available capacity through WebCargo, a Freightos Group company.
Rollout will begin with France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa and Spain on 7 February. By the end of Q1 this year, more than 2,000 WebCargo forwarders and customers across over 10,000 global branches will have instant access to capacity and pricing, the carrier says.
As part of the launch, Qatar Cargo says it will be offering the most competitive rates on WebCargo by introducing a discount scheme to forwarders, resulting in an average saving of USD 0.06/kg for the first 20,000 shipments booked via the platform in these countries.
In a bid to further push the development of WebCargo bookings Qatar cargo will also implement a number of special promotions further in the year.
“We are pleased to partner with WebCargo to provide true agility and digital connectivity for our customers,” says Guillaume Halleux, chief officer cargo at Qatar Airways. “As a leading global carrier, we rely on constant innovation and digitalisation across all our operations in order to provide our best-in-class customer service.”
Halleux notes that over the past months, the cargo carrier has introduced several digitisation initiatives like online rate distribution, ad hoc rate automation, track and trace and availability via API. “The future of air cargo is indeed digital and this change will definitely bring in efficiency across the supply chain,” Halleux adds.
“Digitalisation is a crucial step in powering agile supply chains in a rapidly changing world,” comments Zvi Schrieber, CEO of the Freightos Group. “We’re incredibly proud that Qatar Airways Cargo, the largest cargo airline in the world – has selected WebCargo to launch third-party e-bookings for forwarders around the world.”