Air Cargo Industry Awards for Excellence

Published on 16 October 2015

Air Cargo Industry Awards for Excellence

Emirates SkyCargo and AirBridgeCargo Airlines – a first-time participant – both took away top awards as Overall Carrier of the Year at the annual Payload Asia Awards 2015 this evening in Singapore. Hong Kong International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport likewise took home top honours in the Asia Pacific Airport of the Year category.

The Rising Star Carrier of the Year saw a clean sweep across both awards tracks – Industry and Customer Choice – by first-time Awards participant, Ethiopian Airlines.

The hard work, innovative strategies and countless successes of the air cargo community in the face of undeniably challenging market conditions were celebrated last night at the Payload Asia Awards 2015.

The awards honoured the very best in the industry at a spectacular gala dinner and awards ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport in Singapore. Guest of honour at the event was Glyn Hughes, Global Head of Cargo for the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The awards cover some 20 categories of the air cargo sector, as well as three special category Editor’s Choice awards, which together have set a new benchmark among the existing air cargo awards.

Payload Asia, the respected industry publication for the air cargo sector, now publishing for more than 30 years, continued it’s unique awards approach which was kicked off last year, with second parallel set of awards, meaning for each category there are now two awards: The Customer Choice Awards and the Industry Choice Awards. “In this way we can highlight two equally important, but slightly different views of excellence – one based on popular vote and the other based on a detailed assessment by senior industry executives drawn from across the industry,” said Payload Asia Editor, Donald Urquhart.

The Customer Choice Awards carry on the previous year’s online voting system by customers and Payload Asia readers, with all results officially audited as testimony to their legitimacy. The Industry Choice Awards on the other hand, are determined by a senior level industry panel of 17 judges drawn from across the industry and assessed via a points system based on the published criteria with the process and results also audited. A full list of awards and winners can be found below.

Among the 25 awards given out was a special Editor’s Choice Award – the Lifetime Achievement Award – which honoured two individuals for their invaluable contribution to the air cargo sector over the years. This included the former Head of Marketing, Freighters at Airbus, Didier Lenormand and the former Senior Vice President Cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Enno D. Osinga.

Other highlights saw All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Kerry Logistics both winning X-Factor Awards for their unique and highly successful business strategies. And in fact an unprecedented number of ‘clean sweeps’ were revealed at the Gala Dinner tonight in both the Industry and Customer Choice categories. The others included: DHL Express Asia Pacific (Global Express Provider of the Year), China’s SF Express (Regional Express Provider of the Year), Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services (Hacis) Limited (Regional Logistics Provider of the Year) and Air Logistics Group (GSA/GSSA of the Year).

Other new entrants that took home awards included Philippine-based carrier Cebu Pacific (Low Cost Carrier of the Year), ASL Aviation Group (Leasing Provider of the Year) and Accenture Software (IT Provider of the Year). And clearly demonstrating the growing awareness and popularity of the Payload Awards, the geographic coverage has expanded immensely with new entrants, Lufthansa Cargo, Virgin Atlantic Cargo and United Cargo all taking home awards.

Over 76 companies were nominated for the awards with over 18,000 online votes cast for 22 awards in the Customer Choice Awards. All results – both Customer Choice and Industry Choice – were audited by independent auditing firm HLB Atrede.

The awards were presented during a gala dinner attended by more than 250 members of the air cargo fraternity from around the globe and hosted by Payload Asia, part of the Contineo Media group.

The Gala Awards and Conference programme held earlier in the day will return again next year but to a new location - Hong Kong. It is anticipated this event will continue to be an important highlight on the air cargo industry’s calendar.



Award Winners 2015
  Editor's Choice Awards
Marketing Award of the Year Korean Air Cargo
Media Award of the Year Qatar Airways Cargo
Lifetime Achievement Award Didier Lenormand
Head of Marketing
Freighters, Airbus
Lifetime Achievement Award Enno D. Osinga
Senior Vice President Cargo
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  Industry Choice Awards Customer Choice Awards
Green Award DHL Express Asia Pacific LuxairCARGO
Corporate Social Responsibility Award DHL Global Forwarding Singapore Airlines Cargo
Leasing Provider of the Year ASL Aviation Group Atlas Air Worldwide
Charter Broker of the Year Chapman Freeborn Airchartering Air Charter Service
Charter Operator of the Year Volga-Dnepr Airlines Atlas Air Worldwide
Ground Handler of the Year SATS Ltd Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl)
GSA/GSSA of the Year Air Logistics Group Air Logistics Group
IT Provider of the Year Accenture Software IBS Software Services
Regional Express Provider of the Year SF Express SF Express
Global Express Provider of the Year DHL Express Asia Pacific DHL Express Asia Pacific
Regional Logistics Provider of the Year Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services (Hacis) Limited Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services (Hacis) Limited
Global Logistics Provider of the Year Kerry Logistics Crane Worldwide Logistics
Asia Pacific Airport of the Year Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Changi Airport
European Airport of the Year Brussels Airport Liege Airport
Low Cost Carrier of the Year Cebu Pacific Jetstar Asia Airways
Belly Carrier of the Year Virgin Atlantic Cargo United Cargo
Rising Star Carrier of the Year Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopian Airlines
Combination Carrier of the Year Lufthansa Cargo Turkish Cargo
Overall Carrier of the Year Emirates SkyCargo AirBridgeCargo Airlines
X Factor Award All Nippon Airways (ANA Kerry Logistics





For further information:
Contact: Michelle Chee
Telephone: (+65) 6521 9758

Find out more on Payload Asia Awards website.

About Payload Asia Awards
The annual awards ceremony is organised by Payload Asia magazine, a specialist air cargo publication focusing on the Asia-Pacific, Indian Subcontinent and Middle East regions that provides accurate and up-to-date news and information on the air cargo industry and related sectors.

About Contineo Media
Contineo Media's expertise is focused on Broadcast content and production as well as Manufacturing. Brands in its stable include Asia Image, Asia Audio, Music Asia, Television Asia Plus, Asia Food Journal, Control Engineering Asia, Logistics Insights Asia, Payload Asia and PharmaAsia. Brand extensions in China include Asia Image Mandarin Edition and Control Engineering Asia-China.

Leading industry awards organised by Contineo Media include the Asian Television Awards, Asian Manufacturing Awards, EMC Innovation Awards and Payload Asia Awards.

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