Crystal Cargo wins Cargo 2000 status

Etihad freight division is the first certified regional airline.
Cargo 2000's Lothar Moehle and Etihad's Des Vertannes.
Cargo 2000's Lothar Moehle and Etihad's Des Vertannes.

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Etihad Crystal Cargo has become the 29th airline - and the first in the Middle East - to be awarded Cargo 2000 status, a programme that ensures the quality of freight operations, reduces timings and costs, and enhances the reputation of the various components of the air cargo sector through measuring data and KPIs on a monthly basis to provide a recognised industry standard.

“Etihad Crystal Cargo continues to improve the efficiency and services of our operations and we are proud to be the first carrier in the Middle East region to be awarded Cargo 2000 certification," said Des Vertannes, Etihad Airways’ executive vice president cargo.

“Streamlining business operations is vital to any organisation, particularly in this current economic climate, and Etihad fully embraces IATA’s goals both in Cargo 2000 and e-freight through use of technology and processes to make this possible,” Vertannes added.

To gain the required certification four of Etihad Crystal Cargo’s global key account customers were tested during the past six months at six airports across the world – Abu Dhabi, Paris, Sydney, Frankfurt, Bangkok and Munich.

Crystal Cargo recently opted for the Descartes solution to support its drive towards certification.

“The Cargo 2000 certification is a great achievement for Etihad Crystal Cargo and we look forward to it meeting the requirements across the rest of its network,” said Lothar Moehle, regional director Europe, Middle East and Africa for Cargo 2000.

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