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TAP Cargo embraces the eCargo world with CHAMP

Three solutions in one sweep from one source -– the freight department of the Portuguese national airline, TAP Cargo, and IT services provider CHAMP Cargosystems recently celebrated the successful implementation of Cargospot Airline, Cargospot Handling and Cargospot Revenue. These core business applications together with other CHAMP solutions enable the Portuguese home carrier to make a paradigm shift and deliver more value to customers.

Luxembourg, June 2013 – TAP Cargo, the freight department of the biggest Portuguese carrier, has implemented a new cargo management system over their entire international network. The aim was to fully automate the complete commercial, operations, and accounting processes. The carrier opted for an integrated solution and chose CHAMP Cargosystems’ Cargospot Airline, Cargospot Handling, and Cargospot Revenue. While Cargospot Airline automates the entire commercial and operations process Cargospot Handling is a comprehensive terminal management solution. Cargospot Revenue, a substantial revenue accounting system, fully integrated with the other modules, is in the final stage of implementation and will go live shortly.

The project team responsible for the roll-out was recently recognized by TAP Portugal Executive CEO Fernando Pinto for the successful management and timely completion of this complex and multiple project despite cost and resources constraints (see photo).

Growing user community
The Cargospot applications have been rolled out to some 160 airlines, GSA, and GHA already. Whilst they are well proven they are being updated in a process of continuous quality improvement and new functions are added in accordance with industry and legislative requirements. Thus TAP benefits from the joint expertise of the CHAMP Cargosystems community.

CHAMP’s core airline systems together with the messaging system Traxon cargoHUB and applications of CHAMP’s eCargo suite also used by TAP Cargo tie together the information flow along the whole air cargo supply chain. They empower TAP to a paperless information exchange with the forwarding community as well as customs offices and other partners. TAP Cargo is now ready for the next step into the eCargo world.

“The roll-out has gone really well thanks to the close collaboration between CHAMP and our team. We have now laid the foundations for further advances of our airline into a paperless future”, said José Anjos, VP TAP Cargo.

“We decided on CHAMP as a single source provider for our new cargo systems to ensure a high interoperability of the different solutions. We felt that the company as a dedicated IT provider to the air cargo industry would understand our needs better than a broader focused enterprise. CHAMP was also prepared to go the extra mile to customize the solutions to our requirements. The company has a great track record for operation and delivery”, he added.

Service quality and efficiency drivers
“The new IT tools enable the airline to provide a better service to its customers, to speed up billing and thus improve cash flows to name just three benefits. TAP opting for the three Cargospot modules demonstrates the added value of an integrated product portfolio. By merging digital and physical transactions to form a seamless whole TAP is able to capitalize fully on technological innovations that make it possible to conduct business electronically, instantly, and more efficiently without sacrificing the important element of human interaction”, added James Fernandez, VP Global Commercial Operations at CHAMP Cargosystems.

Background information for editors:
TAP Portugal based in Lisbon is the national airline of Portugal. Founded in 1945, the carrier operates a domestic and regional network of services within Portugal and Europe as well as international services to North and South America as well as Africa. In addition, TAP operates cargo services on five all-cargo routes as well as on all other TAP Portugal flights. The TAP network covers 64 destinations in 30 countries worldwide. The carrier is recognized as one of the leading airlines serving South America and Africa.
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CHAMP Cargosystems provides the most comprehensive range of integrated IT solutions and distribution services for the air cargo transport chain. The portfolio spans core management systems, messaging services, and eCargo solutions. These include applications to meet customs and security requirements, quality optimization as well as e-freight and mobility needs. The products and services are well known under the Cargospot and Traxon brands.
The company serves over 200 airlines and GSAs, and links these with some 3,000 forwarders and GHAs worldwide. CHAMP’s solutions help its customers and their clients adapt to critical and continuous changes in air transport logistics to meet global trade demands.
CHAMP Cargosystems is headquartered in Luxembourg and operates offices in London, Zurich, Frankfurt / Main and Manila.
For further information see:
CHAMP Cargosystems – Connected thinking for the air cargo community.

Press Contacts
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Karin Siegmund
Head of Global Marketing
Lyoner Strasse 36
DE-60528 Frankfurt, Germany
Phone: +49- (0)69-669 06 262
UFS MarCom
Ursula Schmeling
Salmenweg 8
CH-4323 Wallbach, Switzerland
Phone: +41- (0)61-5354489
Mobile: +49- (0)171-5430081

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