Cargo Con­nect returns for the third time in the airshow to bring the cargo and lo­gis­tics sup­ply chain sec­tor to­gether and pave the way for the cargo in­dus­try’s fu­ture

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To take note of the cur­rent sta­tus of the cargo in­dus­try in this ev­er­grow­ing dig­i­tal and con­nected world and pro­vide a plat­form to ev­ery voice from freight for­warders and air­lines, to air­ports and OEMs, Cargo Con­nect brings to­gether ev­ery as­pect and stake­holder in the sup­ply chain that has a part of the de­vel­op­ment of this in­dus­try. As the es­sen­tial meet­ing place for the global cargo com­mu­nity, it also fa­cil­i­tates to dis­play in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ments in the next gen­er­a­tion freight, au­to­ma­tion, and dig­i­tal cargo.

With on the air freight in­dus­try, Cargo Con­nects al­lowed the cargo in­dus­try to dis­cuss global trends, re­gional chal­lenges and the fu­ture of the cargo in­dus­try with a key fo­cus on data shar­ing across both ge­o­graph­i­cal as well as busi­ness bound­aries. It placed the air­lines, air­port au­thor­i­ties, port au­thor­i­ties, po­lice, cus­toms, freight for­warders, cargo op­er­a­tors and car­ri­ers closely to talk about the im­por­tant mat­ters sur­round­ing the in­dus­try, also giv­ing them an op­por­tu­nity for a wide range of net­work­ing and un­der­stand­ing through many lead­er­ship pro­grammes dur­ing the event.

Some of the key points in the lime­light at this year’s Cargo Con­nect con­fer­ence in­cluded the ef­fect of au­to­ma­tion, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion. Speak­ers like Den­nis Lis­ter, Vice Pres­i­dent, Cargo Com­mer­cial De­vel­op­ment, Emi­rates SkyCargo, were present to de­lib­er­ate upon the im­pact of the afore­men­tioned key topics on the fu­ture of cargo and freight.

How­ever, there has not been much of news com­ing out of the show with re­spect to cargo, con­trary to the Paris Air Show held in June where a large amount of ac­tiv­ity was wit­nessed around freighters, par­tic­u­larly the 737-800BCF.

One high­lighted an­nounce­ment was a part­ner­ship be­tween Eti­had and on­line cargo book­ing plat­form Cargo One, made by Ab­dulla Mohammed Sha­did, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Cargo and Lo­gis­tics, Eti­had.

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