Lufthansa Cargo along with the German Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) has come together for a new federal research project “Digital Test Field Air Cargo”.

The aim is to increase the efficiency, performance and competitiveness of air cargo in Germany by improving the networking of all the players involved and digitising processes. This project will be coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML).

The BMVI published the Innovation Concept Logistics 2030 in 2018 and, among other things, held out the prospect of testing a Digital Test Field Air Cargo. Lufthansa Cargo has supported the realisation of it in the Innovation Commission of the BMVI and with partners from logistics and research.

“We are pleased that the Federal Ministry of Transport has clearly committed itself to air freight in Germany with the Digital Test Field Air Cargo. We want to contribute to further strengthening Germany as a business location. That is why we are contributing our many years of experience in digitalisation along the supply chain to this nationwide project and ultimately also want to set international standards,” said Harald Gloy, Lufthansa Cargo’s Executive Board Member for Operations and Human Resources and a Member of the BMVI’s Innovation Commission.

“Digitalising air freight further also means making it more sustainable. To this end, we see great potential in optimised data exchange between all partners in the airfreight transport chain, for example, which we want to leverage.”

Within the project, Lufthansa Cargo is focussing on intensified data exchange between all partners in the transport chain, even beyond the roles that have been typical in the transport process to date. This data exchange is the basis for all data-driven optimisations and AI-based applications.

The association of different players covering the entire air cargo logistics, including pre-carriage and onward carriage, enables the “Digital Test Field Air Cargo” to contribute and take into account perspectives and requirements for further developments from the entire industry.


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