Shortlist revealed for the Air Cargo News Awards

Anticipation ahead of the Air Cargo News Cargo Airline of the Year Awards is continuing to build as the shortlist for the judged categories has been revealed.
A team of five well-known industry judges painstakingly reviewed a record number of entries for the six categories that required companies to write an entry.
The category attracting the most number of entries was the Innovation Award, sponsored by Brussels Airlines.
Due to the popularity of the category and quality of entries received, five companies have been shortlisted: Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd, Nallian, OnAsset Intelligence Inc, Tigers Limited and Validaide.
The American Airlines Cargo-sponsored GSSA of the Year award also attracted several quality entries, which were praised for their investment in IT services and global ambition.
Five companies made it to the shortlist stage: AIA Cargo, Air Logistics Group, ATC Aviation, ECS Group and FlyUs.
The Freighter Hub of the Year category also attracted a high number of entries, with companies demonstrating the investments they have made to improve cargo infrastructure and cater for the needs of their airline customers.
The shortlist is: Changi Airport Group, dnata for Dubai World Central, East Midlands Airport, Hong Kong International Airport and Liege Airport.
In the ground handler category judges were impressed by investment in market-leading facilities and moves to improve their environmental performance.
The shortlist is: Celebi Ground Handling, dnata, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) and SATS Ltd.
The charter broker category attracted high-quality entries, with companies demonstrating the importance of high-quality customer service.
Companies that made it through to the shortlist are: Air Charter Service, Air Partner and Chapman Freeborn Airchartering.
Finally, the Freighter Operator of the Year, sponsored by Air Charter Service, proved to be another popular category with five companies on the shortlist: AirBridgeCargo Airlines, ANTONOV Airlines, Cargolux Airlines International, Etihad Cargo and Turkish Cargo.
Judges said that entrants in this category had demonstrated their willingness to invest in assets and form partnerships, while others had emerged from a transformative period with renewed focus.
Meanwhile, voting for the regional and overall airline categories is still open.
For more information on how to cast your vote, or to find out how to attend the awards our air cargo conference, visit our dedicated events website.