Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has launched an innovative artificial intelligence (AI)-powered solution to transform airfreight operations and boost cargo capacity on flights.
According to the statement, “Deployment of state-of-the-art AI tools is the latest step in Etihad Cargo’s digitalization journey and will enable the carrier to improve cargo volumes by optimizing capacity on every flight across the carrier’s network.”
Etihad Cargo uses Amplifi to optimize cargo loads on each flight. The technology dynamically calculates free and usable capacity based on booked cargo, aircraft type, and cargo offer.
Utilizing the system-generated ULD level load plans, Etihad Cargo will maximize the cargo carried on its flights and significantly reduce the risk of overbookings. Cargo Eye is a scalable, modular system that captures cargo dimensions and volume data.
“The recently completed trials of Speedcargo’s AI-powered solutions have demonstrated it is possible to improve cargo capacity utilization across Etihad Cargo’s fleet and standardize cargo acceptance and build-up processes to improve the consistency and quality of cargo handling at stations within Etihad Cargo’s network. Etihad Cargo, with the launch of these AI solutions, is creating an information-rich network that connects airline operations and ground handling for better planning and decision-making. Creating digital audit trails of how cargo is received and handled will benefit Etihad Cargo’s customers by providing a more seamless end-to-end experience and improving the productivity and efficiency of planners and ground handling partners, with the ability to handle multiple flights simultaneously.”
Powered by Microsoft’s IOT Edge solutions and Speedcargo’s proprietary algorithms, Cargo Eye allows Etihad Cargo to digitize cargo as it enters the carrier’s ground handling stations, enabling the real-time sharing of cargo information for load planning, build-up planning, and forward operations.
Etihad Cargo will deploy Assemble across the carrier’s network of ground handling stations to facilitate the digital planning and build-up of ULDs using the load plans generated by Amplifi.
Offering a user-friendly solution, Amplifi provides ground-handling partners with build-up plans that provide step-by-step instructions for optimally built ULDs that conform to safety regulations.
As per the statement, the trials of the AI-powered, end-to-end cargo handling solutions were carried out in Singapore, where this technology has been deployed and is already utilized by Etihad Cargo’s ground handling partners.