Emirates SkyCargo operates first 'paperless' flight

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Emirates' freight division SkyCargo has launched its first 'paperless' flight, on its Mauritius-Dubai route, using the IATA online electronic process 'E-freight'.

The airline operates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the route. Emirates SkyCargo says the aircraft has become the first flight on its global network to operate with a hold filled entirely with shipments processed electronically.

The aircraft transported a diverse load, including banknotes, flowers, clothing, textiles and courier items.

Emirates senior vice-president cargo Ram Menen says: "This marks a significant step towards working in a completely electronic environment, which will bring enhanced operational efficiency to the supply chain, streamlining processes, increasing speed and reducing costs."