Ecstatic winners raising their trophies aloft brought the glittering Air Cargo Week World Air Cargo Awards to a successful end last night, which celebrated excellence in the airfreight industry.
The luxurious Kerry Hotel’s Shanghai Ballroom was the venue, seeing nine rounds of a crescendo of cheering and applause for the prestigious accolades up for grabs. The accolades were held during the Air Cargo China tradeshow in Shanghai.
US television presenter, Steven Weathers of Chinese broadcasting network CCTV and Channel Shanghai fame, compered the evening. Before the sumptuous dinner, the audience of more than 350 air cargo professionals were treated to Chinese acrobatics, a Broadway jazz dance and other entertainment acts.
Sponsors for the event who made the award possible included Saudia Cargo, Etihad Cargo, Brussels Airport, HACTL, Air Logistics Group, Kales Airline Services
The winners and finalists were as follows:
Airfreight Forwarder of the Year: Dimerco
Finalists: DHL Global Forwarding, Geodis and Kuehne + Nagel
Air Cargo Handling Agent of the Year: HACTL (Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd)
Finalists: Alha Group, Asia Airfreight Terminal, and dnata
Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year: Air Charter Service
Finalists: Air Partner, Chapman Freeborn and Hunt & Palmer
Airport of the Year: Brussels Airport
Finalists: Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, Dubai Airports and Hong Kong International Airport
Air Cargo General Sales Agent of the Year: Kales Airline Services
Finalists: Air Logistics Group, Cismat, and ECS Group
Air Cargo Industry Customer Care Award: Air Asia
Finalists: Emirates SkyCargo, Etihad Cargo and Saudia Cargo
Air Cargo Industry Achievement Award: Saudia Cargo
Finalists: Etihad Cargo, Qatar Airways Cargo, and Volga-Dnepr
IT for the Air Cargo Industry Award: WebCargoNet
Finalists: Accelya Kale Solutions, Descartes, and Wipro Ltd
Cargo Airline of the Year Award: Etihad Cargo
Finalists: Cargojet, Emirates SkyCargo, and Qatar Airways Cargo