Norwegian airline Widerøe launched a new agreement with WebCargo to provide real-time pricing, capacity and eBookings on the cargo booking platform, aiming to reach over 3,500 forwarders across 10,000 offices globally.
According to Widerøe, with this new agreement forwarders now have access to air cargo shipments from Norway, Denmark and the UK through Widerøe’s network.
WebCargo is allowing Widerøe to take the lead in digitisation for regional carriers, delivering world-class digital freight pricing and booking services.
WebCargo CEO Manel Galindo emphasised the companies vision and how they plan to work together with Widerøe in order to align their sustainability goals: “We share Widerøe’s commitment to both deliver a top-tier air cargo experience but also to forge a more sustainable industry.
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“We’re delighted to help carriers like Widerøe increase informational awareness at the point of booking to reduce capacity underutilisation, increase air cargo efficiency and improve global supply chains.”
Through the support of this collaboration WebCargo has acquired access to airlines that account for well over 50% of the world’s total air cargo capacity.
Widerøe’s commitment to reducing emissions, which includes using turboprop aircraft and other emission-friendly methods, is further supplemented with the eBooking platform.
The airline has stated that digital booking can increase utilisation, which in turn may increase load factors for air freight, a sector which IATA estimates to be in the mid-fifties range.
Additionally, forwarders may also make educated booking decisions that lower emissions by integrating Wideroe’s fleet with WebCargo’s inline CO₂ calculator.
Widerøe AS cargo manager Thomas Lone said: “We are very happy to finally be able to offer our capacity on the WebCargo-platform. The CO₂ emissions calculation done by the platform is something that we in Widerøe welcome. It enables the customers not only to take an active choice when it comes down to the price but also the impact on the environment.”