Air New Zealand moves freight booking into Unisys’ cloud

​Air New Zealand has joined Unisys Cargo Portal Services (CPS) multi carrier air cargo booking portal, enabling its freight forwarding clients to book and track shipments online.

Air New Zealand has joined Unisys Cargo Portal Services (CPS) multi carrier air cargo booking portal, enabling its freight forwarding clients to book and track shipments online.

Air New Zealand has been using Unisys’ Logistics Management System (LMS) to manage its air cargo business since 2010.

CPS is claimed to be the world’s most popular multi-carrier air cargo booking portal. According to Unisys, it enables freight forwarders to interact with multiple carriers via a single website to view availability, make bookings and track shipments as well as other electronic services such as producing IATA electronic air waybills (e-AWB) and interacting with customs systems. It is also the engine behind several carriers’ own-brand cargo booking web sites.

Unisys said CPS would broaden Air New Zealand Cargo’s reach to more than 6,000 forwarders and shippers from 3,750 branch offices of 2,200 companies spanning 330 cities in 105 countries that are active users of CPS.

Dheeraj Kohli, vice president and global lead of travel and transportation for Unisys said that, because the airline already Unisys LMS it could be up and running on CPS quickly. “Because they pay on a transaction basis, costs relate directly to value. Both of these benefits are clear examples of how cloud-based services are transforming the air cargo industry,” he said.

According to Unisys, Air New Zealand Cargo uses the airline’s 590 international flights per week to move goods from high technology and time-sensitive goods to fresh produce and general cargo. It has three dedicated international cargo terminals in New Zealand, a North American hub in Los Angeles and gateways in Honolulu, Houston, San Francisco and Vancouver.

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