More airlines join Iata's multilateral eAWB initiative
Qatar Airways and American Airlines Cargo have joined the elite group of carriers to sign the Iata multilateral electronic air waybill (eAWB) agreement. This moves the airlines one step closer to paperless airfreight operations.
Developed collaboratively by Iata and industry stakeholders, the eAWB dispenses with the need for a paper air waybill by providing consent to do an electronic airway bill while not altering the conditions of contract of carriage. There is no longer a need to print, handle or archive paper airway bills. An eAWB brings accuracy, confidentiality and efficiency while helping to reduce operational costs and speed up the delivery of air freight shipments.
As of 2 September, 41 airlines and 187 freight forwarders have joined the multilateral agreement.