Founded in 2012 in the Republic of Azerbaijan, in a short time, Silk Way West Airlines has become an official IATA member airline and is proud to have been named by Boeing as “one of the leading companies” in the air transportation field. To help achieve higher standards of service and minimize costs, Silk Way West Airlines is using Descartes’ cloud-based Global Air Messaging Gateway to automate air cargo communications processes such as the electronic airway bill (eAWB).

Why Descartes for Air Transportation Management Messaging

In an industry where margins are slim, Descartes industry-leading air messaging solutions help carriers collaborate with trading partners to reduce costs and maximize efficiency by eliminating manual and paper-based processes. The solutions can be rapidly deployed on the Descartes Global Logistics Network™ (Descartes GLN™) to automate air cargo communication processes in aviation such as the eAWB. For over 20 years, Descartes has helped carriers across the globe shift to more electronic processes and remains committed to advancing solutions to further automate and improve communications in the air cargo industry.

Air Messaging Gateway Simplifies Electronic Communication for Air Carriers and Supply Chain Participants

Based upon the Descartes GLN, Descartes’ Global Air Messaging Gateway solutions help carriers speed connectivity to trading partners, monitor shipment status in real-time, and communicate timely status updates to forwarders, Ground Handling Agents (GHAs) and consignees. An industry leading solution for multimodal, inter-enterprise electronic data exchange, Descartes GLN provides members with a wide array of value-added services that span the entire shipment management process including contract management, freight booking, shipment tracking, and security filings.

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For additional details as well as infographics and statistics on enabling air cargo messaging and the eAWB, register to download an interactive PDF developed for air carriers. Freight forwarders may also register to view an eBook developed specifically for Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) servicing the air cargo industry.

 Learn more about Descartes Global Air Messaging Gateway, Descartes GLN™, and the electronic Air Waybill. More information on the eAWB is available in Descartes’ eAWB Resource Center.

Written by Jan Markill

Sales Director Europe, Middle East & Africa at Descartes