Monday, September 10, 2012

Asian Air Freight Awards Go to Local Cargo Industry Groups

Payload Asia Celebrates Different Industry Skills
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ASIA – As one would expect the awards handed out by air cargo magazine Payload Asia at their latest industry promotion last week were very much centred on local continental suppliers with AirAsia Cargo awarded the ‘Rising Star Carrier of the Year’ against outside freight trade opposition from the likes of other finalists such as Delta Airlines and Saudia Cargo. Other major winners were Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) which picked up the ‘Ground Handler of the Year’ title and the Indian base of IBS Software, which collected the IT Provider award.

The new award scheme, organised by air cargo industry publication Payload Asia, is intended to spotlight and recognise air cargo supply chain organisations that have made a difference in the industry - with particular emphasis on market adeptness, innovative products and superior strategy. Enterprises were nominated online by Payload Asia readers, following shortlisting of candidates in each category by an independent panel of expert judges.

Decisions on the winning companies were made using different parameters for the individual categories. IBS was adjudged the winner, from among the short listed companies, based on three parameters – relevance and currency of offering, product innovation and range of value added services provided. AirAsia won by dint of the airline’s exceptional network growth & development strategy, operational performance, customer service & product innovations and its market responsiveness & adaptability.

Having polled the most votes in its category, Hactl was named “Ground Handler of the Year” in recognition of its operational excellence, customer service and product innovations, competitive services and cost structure, and scope of service offerings. Hactl Managing Director Mark Whitehead said:

“We are very honoured to have received the award for “Ground Handler of the Year” in this, the first year of the Payload Asia Awards, and I convey my sincere thanks to all those who voted for Hactl. This award is a welcome recognition of our continuing efforts to provide handling services of the highest possible calibre.

“Through 36 years of hard work, investment and innovation, Hactl has played an integral role in Hong Kong’s rise to become the world’s top cargo hub. Whatever the future challenges for the industry, our community can rest assured that we remain totally committed to maintaining our airport’s standing as the global model for air cargo efficiency.”

Photo: Mark Whitehead, Managing Director of Hactl (right), receiving the award from Alec Koh, Council Member & Past Chairman – The Singapore Aircargo Agents Association (left)