A toast to excellence, resilience at 7th Payload Asia Awards

More than 60 industry professionals attended the digital awards ceremony, which will celebrate its 8th edition this year.


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On 22 January, the most outstanding companies in the air cargo supply chain were once again hailed at the 7th edition of the Payload Asia Awards. 

More than 60 industry professionals attended the digital awards ceremony, graced by representatives from airlines, cargo handlers, IT providers and express operators. In its 7th edition, the awards ceremony recognises the remarkable companies that have stayed resilient and kept the supply chain connected amidst a pandemic. 

In a unique format, votes from online readers and scores from the well-represented jury panel were taken into account in deliberating the winners. To cap things off Vietjet Air won back to back as Low Cost Carrier of the Year and Belly Carrier of the Year for its agile move to focus on cargo at the onset of the pandemic. 

Meanwhile, a tight race for the Ground Handler of the Year saw Hong Kongbased Asia Airfreight Terminal take home the win, with one of the judges commending its focus on special cargo handling. 

It became the first in Hong Kong to be accredited with the Class A security certification under the enhanced TAPA FSR 2020 standards, the company noted. And it secured the IATA CEIV Pharma and GDP Pharma certifications that have become the benchmark in the handling of pharma and vaccine shipments.  

“2020 has been a year of constant challenges and difficulties in the airfreight industry, and it is a tremendous honour for AAT to receive this award this year,” said Mr Kuah Boon Kiam, General Manager of Asia Airfreight Terminal. 

“This success marks an important milestone in our ongoing commitment to service quality, operational excellence, innovation, and to exceed our customer expectations. Despite the challenging airfreight market, AAT will keep on striving for top quality services in the ever-changing cargo industry,” he added. 

This year’s winners were judged by an elite panel that included Ariaen Zimmerman, Executive Director of CargoiQ; Brian Wu, Chairman of HAFFA; Dr Paul Tsui , Managing Director, The Janel Group of Hong Kong; Glyn Hughes, Global Head of Cargo for IATAHenrik Kofod-Hansen, Co-founder of NovosensusJohn Peyton Burnett, Managing Director, TAC IndexNiall van de Wouw, Managing Director, CLIVE Data ServicesStan Wraight, President and CEO, Strategic Aviation Solutions International (SASI); and Vlad Zubkov, Special Advisor on Industry Affairs at TIACA.  

Congratulations to all the winners! 

Overall Carrier of the Year  – Turkish Airlines

Best e-Commerce CarrierAirBridgeCargo Airlines 

Ground Handler of the YearAsia Airfreight Terminal

Global Express Provider of the Year  – DHL Express Asia Pacific 

Asia Pacific Airport of the Year Hong Kong International Airport 

European Airport of the Year – Liege Airport 

IT Provider of the Year – IBS Software 

Belly Carrier of the Year – Vietjet Air

Low-Cost Carrier of the YearVietjet Air

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