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Cathay Pacific develops warehouse operating system

Carol Ko | Sept. 25, 2008
E-freight complaint system for efficient cargo flow at the Hong Kong International Airport.

HONG KONG, 25 SEPTEMBER 2008 Cathay Pacific has announced the development of a Warehouse Operating System (WOS) for their new cargo terminal at the Hong Kong International Airport.

We decided on NIIT Technologies for its proven track record of successful implementations and service delivery excellence in the Airlines & Airports solutions space across the south east Asia region, said Peter Lee, Cargo Terminal Programme Manager, Cathay Pacific Services.

The new system provider, India-based NIIT Technologies, has earlier provided solutions to cater cargo ground handling operations for SATS (Singapore, Taiwan and Beijing) and more recently at the Bangalore International Airport.

For Cathay Pacific, NIIT Technologies will design, develop and implement the warehouse operating system which will be tailored to serve the growing demands of the air cargo industry.

New cargo terminal

The e-freight complaint system will be inline with the terminal's facility design to enable efficient flow of cargo and to facilitate speedy processing of all types of cargo. The system is scheduled to go live by mid-2011.

We are positive this engagement will bring incremental value to our cargo ground handling operations at the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal in Hong Kong and will help us serve our customers better, Lee said.

In March 2008, the Airport Authority awarded the airline's wholly owned subsidiary, Cathay Pacific Services Ltd (CPSL), a franchise to invest in, design, construct and operate the new air cargo terminal at HKIA under a 20-year agreement. Cathay Pacific will invest a total development cost of about HK$4.8 billion into the facility, which will occupy a site of around 10 hectares in the airport's cargo area.

The new terminal will be completed by the second half of 2011 with a designed annual air cargo throughput capacity of 2.6 million tonnes. The terminal will be a common-use facility open to all airline customers. The additional air cargo handling capacity and facilities provided by the new terminal will help to further reinforce Hong Kong International Airport's position as the world's premier international airfreight hub. The airline says there will be 30 freighters in the Cathay Pacific fleet by 2012.

 

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