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Cargo 2000 accreditation granted to 17 members

Four more Cargo 2000 members have successfully achieved accreditation for phase one of the group's new quality management system for the air cargo industry. The latest certification approvals takes to 17 the total number of airlines and freight forwarders that have reached the first implementation milestone. This focuses on controlling the airport-to-airport cycle at Master waybill level.

The four members and the phase one sites accredited are:
Air Canada--sites accredited: London, Montreal and Paris
Alitalia--sites accredited: Frankfurt, London, New York, Rome and Tokyo
Baltrans--sites accredited: Hong Kong and New York
United Airlines--sites accredited: Chicago, London and Tokyo

The first stage of the implementation programme requires Cargo 2000's members to have gained phase one accreditation for at least one major site by the end of 2001. These initial quality processes automatically create a plan once a booking is made that includes a series of checkpoints against which all air cargo movements are managed and measured.

This allows the system to immediately alert Cargo 2000 members to exceptions to the plan, allowing corrective action to be taken to fulfil the service promise to the customer.

Ron Cesana, Project Director of Cargo 2000, said: "The accreditation programme for phase one is ongoing and we expect all members to achieve the end of the year deadline. Significant progress is also starting towards the next stage of implementation which addresses door-to-door deliveries at House waybill level."

Once phase one accreditation has been achieved, members will progressively adopt these new quality processes across their worldwide networks and will be subject to a new Cargo 2000 audit every six months. In addition to auditing member's processes, Cargo 2000 is also offering support to members to strengthen their corrective action systems.

The data Cargo 2000's quality management system collects will provide a quality benchmark for customers of the air cargo industry. Future phases of implementation will address door-to-door deliveries at House waybill level and, ultimately, piece level.

The 13 airlines and freight forwarders that had already gained phase one accreditation are Air France, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Danzas AEI, Exel, Kintetsu World Express, Korean Air Cargo, Panalpina, Schenker, SDV and Yusen Air & Sea Service.