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Automating air cargo: Passenger airlines' cargo divisions looking to match integrators' data processing capabilities
As ATW detailed last year, IATA has been making a strong "e-freight" push, calling on carriers to eliminate the piles of paper that accompany the movement of cargo by air (ATWOnline, June 1, 2008). IATA DG and CEO Giovanni Bisignani has pointed out repeatedly that the documents traveling with air cargo could fill 39 747 freighters annually and that they add an estimated $1.2 billion to the global industry's yearly costs.