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Air Canada shows off handling skills

By Hpanchal on January 14, 2013

Air Canada Cargo defeated teams from international airlines and ground handlers when Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl), the major air cargo handler at Hong Kong International, staged its seventh annual International Forklift and Pallet Building Competition.

The Canadian team took overall honors as well as winning the forklift element of the competition, in which the driver from each team was required to collect items of cargo from purpose-built racking, maneuvering within a congested competition course.

A separate pallet-building element, won by International Air Cargo Terminal, required teams to build a contoured lower-deck winged pallet in accordance with the competition’s strict rules. Scores were based on build time, build quality and load distribution.

Japan Airlines picked up the Forklift Driving Safety and Manual Handling Awards, Cargolux the Team Leader Award and Nippon Cargo Airlines the Team Spirit Award.

Hactl handles more than 100 airlines at Hong Kong, including 53 freighter operators. The company’s chief executive, Mark Whitehead, said: “This is a fun event with a serious message–the air cargo industry has equal need for efficiency, safety and best practice in ground handling and cargo terminal operations.

“We want to help drive excellence in global ground handling and cargo terminal operations, and were therefore very pleased to welcome participants from around the world.”

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