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AWARDS: Companies Honoured for Excellence in Air Cargo


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AIR CARGO AFRICA 2015 event organiser, STAT Times, has honoured industry players who have achieved excellence in various sectors of the Air Cargo industry.

The STAT Times International Awards for Excellence in Air Cargo, were awarded at a glittering “Gala Nite” at the Barnyard Theatre in Rivonia, Johannesburg, concluding day two of the three-day biennial event, held this year from 25 – 27 February at Emperors Palace close to OR Tambo International Airport.

During his keynote address at the ceremony, Tleli Makhetha, general manager: cargo at South African Airways (SAA) explained that SAA Cargo's mission is to connect South Africa to all main trading partners in the region and the world, with the key objectives of the economic growth, and helping to establish Africa as an importer and exporter of goods.

As host airline and ‘Diamond Sponsor’ of AIR CARGO AFRICA 2015, SAA Cargo’s Makhetha also said that he was pleased to see both a number of the same faces that attended the conference in 2013, as well as a host of new delegates, which he believes shows that the event is growing from strength to strength.

“We are here today to celebrate our air cargo peers that have excelled, and also to ensure this great industry is sustained,” he continued. “It is important for air cargo players to participate in the AIR CARGO AFRICA 2015 conference and gala event in order to raise the status of air cargo.”

The awards were presented in various sectors of the air cargo industry, and winning companies are:

International Freight Forwarder Of The Year In Africa:
DHL Global Forwarding

International Ground Handler Of The Year In Africa:
Swissport Cargo Services

International It Systems Provider Of The Year In Africa:
Champ Cargo System

International Air Charter Provider Of The Year In Africa:
Chapman Freeborn

International General Sales Agent Of The Year In Africa:
European Cargo Services

African Airport Of The Year:
O.R. Tambo International Airport

African All Cargo Carrier Of The Year:
Astral Aviation

African Cargo Airline Of The Year:
South African Airways Cargo

International All Cargo Carrier Of The Year In Africa:

International Cargo Airline Of The Year In Africa:
Saudi Airlines Cargo

Global Cargo Airline Of The Year:
Emirates Sky Cargo

Air Cargo Brand Of The Decade In Africa:
Ethiopian Cargo

Air Cargo Brand Of The Decade:
Emirates Skycargo

Stat Times Lifetime Achievement Award:
Des Vertannes

“It was an honour for STAT Times to pay its respects to those we have achieved levels of excellence within the air cargo industry last night,” added Priyo Patra, director of events at STAT Times. “We would like to congratulate all of our winners and encourage them to uphold these high standards into the future.”

Recipients of the awards are nominated and voted for by the worldwide readers of STATTIMES via an online poll that ran from 29 January to 07 February 2015. The company has been recognising and awarding excellence in the air cargo industry for the last 27 years, placing a special emphasis on excellence in performance by air cargo operators.

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