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Air Cargo India 2010 - a catalyst for growing relations

Mumbai, 06 February 2010: Air Cargo India 2010 held from 2-4 February, was a good beginning of the year 2010 for the Air Cargo Industry, which has been under the throes of economic recession for over a year. The Air Cargo industry is the direct indicator of the economic well being of a nation and any crisis affecting the economy does in fact have a direct bearing on this vital industry.

For the Air Cargo industry, AIR CARGO INDIA 2010, the international biennial networking conference and expo organized by STAT TIMES, could be a good augury for it demonstrated beyond doubts that the industry is back on its skyward path.

It was a case of ‘de ja vu’ for most of the participants that participated in the previous events in 2006 & 2008; in fact most of them had taken a bigger booth this time than the previous ones. Most of the booths were aesthetically designed with a desire to excel each other. There were in all 54 registered Exhibitors, 237 delegates from 36 countries and more than 2600 trade visitors. The exhibiting space has increased 3 times as compared to the introductory edition of the event.

The BBC World News anchor Aaron Heslehurst captivated the audience with his flawless moderation skills at Air Cargo India 2010 which was broadcasted on the BBC World News channel and other news channels. Around 32 journalists from world over gave coverage to the event.

The conference at the event, most appropriately, dwelt upon the recovery of the Air Cargo industry after the economic recession. The theme of the conference was ‘Air Cargo In 2010, The Beginning of Recovery’. So the beginning of the year was on a happy note with the recovery of the industry in the minds of everyone.

“Air Cargo India has come at the right time, especially after 2009 when people where perhaps a little more apprehensive in what they are able to do. It is an opportunity for us to meet customers and promote our intentions” said Desmond Stephen Vertannes, EVP of Etihad Crystal Cargo.

The event witnessed growing relations like IBS Software Services announced its contract with Aryan Express Cargo, a new all-cargo carrier and Kingfisher Airlines launching Kingfisher Xpress. Besides, the show also saw for the first time the free distribution of a Daily Show News covering every happening at the show on all the three days of the event with visual effects.

“There is so much of positive energy around this show which we were missing in the past few air cargo events. People present at this event want to delay their return flight for the event which is a very good sign. Air Cargo India 2010 is a catalyst for building relations within the air cargo industry as it gathers world’s major airlines and airports from around the world, ” remarks, IBS Software Services Global head and senior vice president, Akshay Shrivastava.

The highlight of the event was the Gala Award nite function. STAT TIMES has been encouraging excellence in Air Cargo by instituting awards recognizing excellence in various fields of the industry. There were 23 awards in all and the excitement reached a crescendo as Emirates SkyCargo was announced STAT Times Cargo Airline of the Year. The awardees were nominated by the readers of STAT TMES through online participation. Jack Boisen, retired Vice President Cargo, Continental Airlines and past chairman TIACA was selected for Editor’s choice ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. In his absence the award was collected by Ram C. Menen, Divisional Senior VP Cargo, Emirates Airlines and one of the founder members of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA). There were cultural programmes adding flavour to the whole programme.

The third and final day was a culmination of eventful 3 days and satisfaction was writ large on the participants. STAT TIMES also announced the next event, “Air Cargo Africa 2011” scheduled to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from February 22nd to 24th 2011, with an objective to provide a similar platform for the players in the industry to explore the virgin continent of Africa.

Commenting on the successful Air Cargo India 2010, Priyo Patra, Director Events, STAT Times, said, “The event received an overwhelming response from industry players. At the event many air cargo players booked space for the upcoming Air Cargo Africa 2011 as well as Air Cargo India 2012, indicating that the air cargo industry recognizes the potential of these events for enhancing their business network.”

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