IATA launches Digitalization Leadership Charter

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched the IATA Digitalization Leadership Charter to accelerate digitalisation by committing to five key guiding principles.

Developed in consultation with IATA’s Cargo Advisory Council members, airlines and the wider air cargo community, the charter seeks to drive innovation, enhance efficiency and promote a sustainable and harmonised digital transformation.

Central to the charter is the importance of data sharing using IATA ONE Record for smooth and efficient data exchange.

Cathay Cargo, CHAMP Cargosystems, Global Logistics System (HK) Company Limited, IAG Cargo, IBS Software, LATAM Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo are the inaugural companies signing the charter.

Brendan Sullivan, Global Head of Cargo at IATA, says, “Digitalisation is imperative for the air cargo industry. It requires alignment to ensure a unified and effective approach. IATA has introduced the Digitalization Leadership Charter to spearhead this alignment. By adhering to the charter's principles—adopting industry-wide standards, championing sustainability, ensuring ethical technology use, and upholding digital leadership—the charter sets a benchmark for excellence.”

The guiding principles include developing a unified and collaborative digital strategy, enhancing organisational resilience through building robust digital infrastructure, pursuing sustainable digitalisation with a focus on supporting eco-friendly technology initiatives, pursuing digital excellence by staying ahead of digital trends, and using new technology ethically when embracing emerging technologies.