Etihad Aviation Group’s cargo and logistics arm Etihad Cargo has partnered with Freightos’ WebCargo to extend the reach of digital air cargo.

Under the partnership, the reach of Etihad Cargo will extend to around 1,700 logistics providers around the world.

The platform will be used as an extra channel to benefit from Etihad Cargo eBookings.

It will offer instant Etihad Cargo booking schedules, promotional rates and eBooking, and also enables the comparison and booking of the air freight.

After the announcement of the partnership, the flight schedules and market rates of Etihad Cargo in Spain, France and the UK will be available on the platform.

Customers can initially evaluate and compare airline offers, following which instant eBookings functionality will be launched in April after the completion of API testing and systems integration.

Emirates News Agency (WAM) quoted Etihad Cargo Technology & Innovation head Rory Fidler as saying: “We are pleased to kickstart 2020 with yet another digitalisation milestone. During the past 12 months, we have introduced several initiatives to improve our customers’ experiences and provide the company with greater accessibility and visibility.

“Our latest API capabilities will facilitate the roll-out of our product through WebCargo over the next couple of months and they will become a key partner in strengthening our digital connection to forwarders around the world with a special emphasis on European markets.”

In other news, amidst the coronavirus outbreak, UAE-based Etihad Airways has cancelled all its flights to China, except the flight to Beijing.

The epidemic has so far killed 1,018 and infected more than 43,000 people. UAE has eight confirmed cases, with no deaths so far.