Leading global and local enterprises to attend Asia’s foremost conference & exhibition

Asia Pacific based airlines have led the industry recovery in 2010 and they are on track to report significantly improved financial results for the full year. And the carriers’ 2011 outlook also remains broadly positive, given expectations of sustained demand growth.

The industry’s 2011 forecast and many other thought provoking topics focusing on Asia, particularly on the second fastest growing global economy China estimated by its Central Bank to record 10 percent GDP growth in 2010, will be underlined by leading veteran industry experts at Air Freight Asia 2011 – the region’s foremost conference and exhibition for air cargo and supply chain executives.

“Air Freight Asia 2011 offers delegates a unique combination of exhibition, conferences and networking opportunities – the first of its kind – all under one roof,” said Brian Thomas, Vice President – Aerospace & Aviation, Reed Exhibitions, the organiser of Air Freight Asia 2011 event, which will be held at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong between March 8-10.

This year’s main Air Freight Asia conference “The Golden Dragon: China’s air cargo market continues to shine” will be complimented for the first time by a dedicated Aviation and Aerospace Supply Chain Summit. These two events are attracting global and local leaders in air freight, logistics and freight forwarding. An additional summit is being organised in co-operation with the Global Supply Chain Council, an influential industry body that represents 60,000 logistics professionals.

Commenting on Air Freight Asia 2011, Hong Kong Shippers’ Council executive director Sunny Ho, said the Aviation and Aerospace Supply Chain Summit will certainly enhance this year’s event. “Shippers will be interested in new solutions, new technologies and new applications that the logistics and the air freight industry can provide,” he said. “Air Freight Asia, including the conference and exhibition, provides an opportunity for shippers, especially big shippers, to come into contact with the service providers and operators. South China is predominated by a large presence of SMEs and they are difficult to reach and mobilize. Hong Kong is a convenient location for them as Hong Kong manufacturers are still the largest group of factory owners and operators in Pearl River Delta in southern China. In addition, many Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese freight forwarders and logistics providers are keen to find overseas partners and AFA ’11 does provide a very good opportunity for them,” he said.

According to China Logistics Club/Africa Logistics Club chairman Henrik Christensen, the event would, for the first time, offer an opportunity for the SME freight forwarders to have smaller booths, and also participate in Cargo Networking One-2-One meetings with potential partners. A large African delegation of freight forwarders is also expected to attend.

Delegates to the AFA ‘11 will have the golden opportunity to make site visits to the world’s leading international air cargo terminal operator Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), the territory’s second largest operator Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) and DHL’s Central Asia Hub, all situated at the Hong Kong International Airport.

For pre-registration at Air Freight Asia, please visit www.airfreightasia.com

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