80+ attend Cargo Business Update and a sporting weekend

Top global customers gather in Hong Kong to hear the latest from Cathay Cargo and to enjoy the Sevens

Cathay Cargo hosted more than 80 of its global forwarding partners and customers at its annual Cargo Business Update this month, held at Hong Kong’s Swire Archives, which was followed by a weekend at the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens.

Supported by Cargo personnel from across the regions, the update featured opening remarks from Director Cargo Tom Owen, in which he underscored Cathay Cargo’s mission to become the world’s best air-cargo carrier by delivering the cargo that matters to the world. Owen then touched on the key differentiators that have helped Cathay Cargo on its way to this goal, such as the quality, expertise and innovation of its people.

He also drew attention to the ever-growing significance of e-commerce as a revenue driver, and Hong Kong’s advantageous positioning as the aviation gateway to the Greater Bay Area, where many of these goods are manufactured. He also touched on the need to strike a balance between e-commerce and the higher yields from specialist shipments, for which Cathay Cargo has made significant investments in solutions, innovations, training and infrastructure.

A presentation from GM Cargo Commercial James Evans highlighted the reasons behind Cathay Cargo’s prominence in the market, such as the many specialist handling shipment solutions designed for specific industry supply chains. He also pointed out the ease with which customers can now access Click & Ship using API links through Cargo’s digitalisation efforts.

GM Cargo Service Delivery, Tim Wong followed with a presentation on operational excellence, safety and shipment care to ensure high levels of customer service.

Mark Watts, COO of the Cathay Cargo Terminal, then spoke about sustainability, particularly on the use of 50 per cent-recycled plastic wrap within the terminal, which is an industry leading proposition. He was joined by Cathay’s Corporate SAF Programme Manager Nic Fong, who outlined the benefits of the programme and how sustainable aviation fuel, derived from renewable and waste sources, will be one of the main ways for the aviation industry to decarbonise.

Delegates enjoyed Swire Archives, which records with exhibits and artefacts the history of Cathay and Swire’s operations in Hong Kong.

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After the Cargo Business Update,  the lunch was held at The Park Lane Hong Kong hotel in Causeway Bay, where Michael Blaufuss, Vice President Network Carrier Management for DHL Global Forwarding won the lucky draw for a new Airbus A350 freighter model . Customers were hosted in a dedicated Cathay Cargo hospitality box.

On the pitch, New Zealand took home the gold for both the men’s and women’s events, while Cathay Cargo’s guests took home memories of a special weekend.

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