April 27, 2004, Taipei, Taiwan- In order to maximize market opportunities and provide greater service to its freight customers, China Airlines will launch an air freight data exchange platform. Using the platform, air freight forwarders will be able to exchange information on master and house airway bills, and cargo tracking, with China Airlines. Some forwarders have already introduced and tested the platform.
Already, forwarders such as Hecny, Morrison, Speedmark and UPS have used the data exchange platform to exchange and secure information with the China Airlines cargo system, and more forwarders are now testing the system. China Airlines forecasts that 60% of outbound cargo airway bills will be using this data exchange platform by the end of 2004. In the future, real-time cargo tracking status, messages from US Customs, and land transportation data will be available through the new platform.
China Airlines was ranked 7th in the world in terms of international air cargo traffic among IATA members. China Airlines operates the largest B747-400F freighter fleet in the world, with 15 dedicated B747-400F aircraft. CAL is the largest air cargo carrier in Taiwan, with 70 cargo flights per week, and nearly 30% market share.