Oman Air adopts IATA electronic airway bill

Oman Air has announced it has adopted the International Air Transport Association´s electronic airway bill (e-AWB) standard in replacement of the paper airway bill as part of the governmental plan to implement international best practices, the company said.

The introduction of the e-AWB standard in the Sultanate will reinforce Oman´s position as an internationally competitive logistics hub with a digitally connected and integrated air cargo supply chain.

The use of e-AWB allows freight forwarders and traders to communicate directly with over 120 airline operators around the world to report and manage their shipments. Omani traders will also benefit from the use of the e-AWB as it will remove barriers to trade by facilitating early (pre-arrival) reporting to customs and earlier release, reducing cargo storage time and costs.

In support of the implementation process, IATA and CHAMP Cargo Systems will offer freight forwarders low-cost online facilitation for the creation and sharing of e-AWB messages.

Oman Air is the flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman and an official 4-star airline (Skytrax 2011). The airline has witnessed massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors.