Air Cargo News Awards winners revealed

Andy Cornwell of American Airlines Cargo picks up the Cargo Airline of the Year Award from award sponsor FlyUs Aviation Group's James Gidlow and host Julia Hartley-Brewer

A total of 14 companies walked away with a prestigious Air Cargo News Award last night at a glittering ceremony in the UK.

The awards ceremony, now in its 37th year, was held at the Runnymede on Thames hotel in Surrey in the UK, with more than 200 people in attendance and presented by broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Companies scooped an award based on a mix of direct voting by supply chain professionals and company submissions judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts.

In the voted for categories, American Airlines Cargo was crowned Cargo Airline of the Year 2021, sponsored by FlyUs Aviation Group.

Moving onto the regional winners, Ethiopian Cargo won the Best Cargo Airline – Africa award, sponsored by Network Airline Services.

In the Americas region, United Cargo beat tough competition in a crowded sector to take the Best Cargo Airline – Americas award. Cargolux won the Best Cargo Airline – Europe trophy. 

The Best Cargo Airline – Middle East, voted for by our readers, was Emirates SkyCargo. The Best Cargo Airline – Asia prize was scooped by Saudia Cargo following a close vote.

For the voted-for awards, shipper and freight forwarder readers were asked to vote on the Air Cargo News website, over a two-month period, for the airline that provides the best overall customer experience and service in each region.

In the judged categories, the specialist maindeck award for the Best Freighter Operator category, sponsored by AIA Cargo, went to Qatar Airways Cargo.

The hotly contended Charter Broker of the Year award was won by Chapman Freeborn.

The GSSA of the Year award, sponsored by American Airlines Cargo, went to FlyUs Aviation Group.

The Polar Air Cargo-sponsored Ground Handler of the Year award was won by dnata.

The SAL Saudi Logistics Services-sponsored Innovation Award – Digital, which received a record number of entries, was won by Air Cargo Belgium.

The Etihad Cargo-sponsored Innovation Award – Product was won by Dronamics.

Brussels Airport was recognised as the Cargo Hub of the Year, sponsored by Chapman Freeborn.

Finally, Etihad Cargo was named winner of the Air Cargo Pharma Award.

Keep an eye on the awards website for further updates and images from the night. A full write-up of the event will appear in the October issue of Air Cargo News.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]