With its annual tonnage of over 142 000 tons, including products such as pharmaceuticals, electronics, telecommunications, perishables, general cargo, mail, livestock, among others, and an overall annual performance increase of between 8 to 10% over the past five years, South African Airways (SAA) Cargo was well positioned to win the best cargo airline on the continent.
And it happened.
The company said this week in a statement that it has won the African Cargo Airline of the Year Award, a prize that was presented at the recent Air Cargo Africa 2013.
Air Cargo Africa 2013, the second biennial international air logistics conference and exhibition, was hosted by Stat Times in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 20-22 February 2013.
Stat Times said the global conference aimed at enabling all the players in the air cargo industry to come together and discuss issues affecting air cargo, and carve out solutions.
The recipients of the awards are nominated and voted for by the worldwide readers of Stat Times via an online poll, SAA said.
Reacting to the top prize, SAA Cargo’s GM Tleli Makhetha said: “We are honoured and proud that we have been recognised by the air cargo industry.
“The award puts us on a platform where we are rated with the best in the world. We remain committed to excel and continue to provide world class freight forwarding services to all our customers.”
SAA Cargo, a division of SAA focusing on airfreight movement worldwide, uses dedicated cargo aircraft as well as belly space on SAA’s passenger flights for cargo carriage.
*Photo by Hannes Meyer. A South African Airways Cargo Boeing 737-3Y0(F)