Aviation Logistics Knowledge Lecture – Is Your Cargo K already?

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Aviation Logistics Knowledge Lecture – Is Your Cargo K already?

How do you usually judge whether the capacity you booked has been confirmed? Do you check for every shipment or you can know from the system? Today we will talk about some situations that may be encountered when booking a shipment.

I believe that when we are at work, we often hear people ask, or are asked by others: Is my shipment K yet? After listening to this, do you feel like you understand it. What does K mean? It feels like something like “OK”, but what does it really mean?

So today, we are going to talk about what this K actually stands for.

Let’s get straight to the point first. Your understanding is right, K means confirmation. But where did this letter come from? Why not O, not P, but K? In fact, this is because when we are booking a shipment, the booking system of many airlines will have a code for the status of each booking. This K is the abbreviation of the status code KK. Of course, this so-called abbreviation is also our own folk saying, and the official does not simplify it so much. When the status of a shipment is KK, it proves that the capacity is confirmed. That pit was occupied.

As smart as everyone, it is obvious that they can tell that since there is a confirmed state, there will be other status codes, such as rejection, waiting, and so on. Yes, there are a lot of airline status codes, and I didn’t read them all. However, those that are frequently used, we can still know.

For example, UU, SS, NN, etc. Many parts of the status codes are overlapping characters, of course, they are not necessarily plates, but the probability of overlapping characters is relatively high, and some are not overlapping characters, such as WL, RQ, etc. Let’s briefly explain the meaning of these status codes.

UU: Usually seeing this code is the biggest headache because it means rejection. And it is a complete rejection, there is no room for turning. It usually happens when the capacity has been overbooked and there is no possibility to coordinate the space. At this moment, the best way is to book the next fastest flight as soon as possible. Otherwise, there will be no room for the next flight either.

SS: This means waiting for final confirmation. There may be some goods that were originally booked, but may not be coming now, so this should be confirmed by the airline according to the actual situation.

NN: This also means waiting. Not much different from SS. As far as my personal experience is concerned, if it is NN, then I can coordinate with the airline’s capacity control to see if it is possible to transfer the position. When this code appears, manual intervention is required for further actions, which is finally shown as KK or UU.

But here is a point to clarify, my friends, don’t think that NN can definitely become KK, it can also become UU. The status code that represents confirmation is only KK. In other words, as long as it is not KK, the capacity is not confirmed.

Having said that, you can know why when everyone asks whether the goods are confirmed, they always say “K”.

Well, it is so much to tell you about the relevant knowledge of the status code. After all, it is not much use even if we know it, it can only be a better understanding of the status of the shipments. There are many other state codes, but the above are the most common ones. Then, let’s talk about how the progress of each shipment is represented in the airline system.

In the air transport industry, we like to use codes. Airports have codes, airlines have codes, dangerous goods have codes, aircraft types have codes, packaging has codes, and the status of the goods that I just mentioned has codes. So, how can there be no code for the progress of a shipment?

Let’s talk about the corresponding progress code here. On the website of some airlines, you will see the tracking function for certain AWB numbers. When tracking, you may see these progress codes. Similar to BKD, RCS, RCF, MAN, DEP, OFD, ARR, NFD, and many more. In fact, they have a correct name for these codes representing the progress of the goods, which is called AWB Status. I haven’t seen the Chinese of this title, so according to its meaning, let’s call it the progress of goods for the time being.

By understanding these AWB statuses, we can know where the goods are now.

For example

BKD: Booked – The goods have been booked.

RCS: Received from shipper/agent – The goods have arrived at the terminal, have been checked by security, and are ready to be built onto the ULD.

RCF: Received from flight – The cargo has been sent to the terminal from the import flight. Prove that it has arrived at the destination terminal.

MAN: Manifested – The cargo has been pre-manifested. It needs a little explanation here, what exactly is manifested – pre-manifested? That is, this shipment has already been done on the flight plan. The position confirmation is something we mentioned earlier, if it is not within the BSA allotment, it is still possible to offload the goods. This is what we have already said in the previous articles. So it is manifested, that is, it has been planned, and basically it can fly as planned. Of course, will the goods be offloaded again in the last minute? This is not easy to say, there is a possibility, but relatively speaking, it is not very likely.

DEP: Departed – The cargo has taken off.

OFD: Offloaded – The cargo has been offloaded and cannot fly as planned.

ARR: Arrived – The cargo has arrived at the destination airport.

NFD: Notified – The consignee has been notified of the arrival at the port.

DLV: Delivered – The goods have been delivered to the consignee.

The above AWB Status can better help you understand the progress of a shipment. Of course, as the status codes mentioned earlier, these are not necessarily known. Because even if you don’t understand these, most of them will have text descriptions. And these codes are just to help you to analyze better.

Well, I’ll catch ya all later.

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