Release Date: 01 May 2007
Release ID: 801
Etihad Crystal Cargo has been awarded the prestigious title of “Cargo Airline of the Year” at the Air Cargo Media awards in London.
Building on its success at the 2006 awards, where it won the “Best Airline to the Indian Sub-Continent”, Crystal Cargo was voted “Cargo Airline of the Year” by members of the cargo industry from more than 100 countries.
Etihad Airways’ chief executive James Hogan said: “The “Cargo Airline of the Year” award is a tremendous accolade for Etihad Crystal Cargo because it is so highly regarded by the world’s cargo industry. Both Etihad Airways and Crystal Cargo continue to expand at a phenomenal rate, and to be awarded the title of “Cargo Airline of the Year” is a true recognition of our success and progress.”
Etihad’s executive vice president cargo, Des Vertannes, attended the event at London’s Lancaster Hotel, receiving the award from BBC news anchor Natasha Kaplinsky in front of 600 industry guests.
In addition to winning the coveted lead award for “Cargo Airline of the Year”, Crystal Cargo also won the title of “Best Airline to the Indian Subcontinent” for the second successive year.
Mr Vertannes added: “To win two of the 11 awards is an impressive achievement given the short period of time Crystal Cargo has been in operation and special credit must go to the entire team working in Abu Dhabi and at our destinations across the world.”
Mr Vertannes was accompanied at the awards by Rupert Batstone, Etihad’s manager for cargo handling network and Vipul Bhalla, manager for cargo sales worldwide.
Etihad Crystal Cargo was officially launched in September 2004, at the TIACA Air Cargo Forum 2004 in Bilbao and provides cargo services on all of Etihad Airways’ fleet of passenger aircraft to 42 world-wide destinations.
Crystal Cargo operates its own fleet of three Airbus A300-600RF freighter aircraft, each with a 44 tonne cargo capacity, to Addis Ababa, Bangalore, Chennai, Frankfurt, Khartoum, Kolkata, Milan, Mumbai, New Delhi and Zheng Zhou.
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