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Japan Airlines wins forklift and pallet building competition

Teams from Air China Cargo, Air France, KLM and Martinair Cargo, China Southern Cargo, Hactl, IAG Cargo, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines and Saudi Airlines Cargo took part in the Hong Kong-based event


January 13, 2017
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VIP guests and all participating teams receive a round of applause from spectators.

Hong Kong, China—Japan Airlines has won the 2017 Hactl International Forklift and Pallet Building Competition, achieving first place in both the Forklift Driving and Pallet Building competitions.

Overall second place went to Nippon Cargo Airlines, which came second in both parts of the competition.

Teams from Air China Cargo, Air France, KLM and Martinair Cargo, China Southern Cargo, Hactl, IAG Cargo, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines and Saudi Airlines Cargo took part in the event.

The Forklift Driving competition requires teams of four to manouevre forklift trucks over a challenging route; for the first time, this year’s competition involved lifting cargo in sequence within a small and complex course.

In the Pallet Building contest, teams had one hour in which to build up as much cargo as possible, to the designated contour, and in full compliance with IATA standards and other recognized best practices in the aviation industry.

While the Hactl competition is designed to recognize efficiency in handling, its main focus is aviation and workplace safety. Separate panels of specialist professional judges adjudicated the forklift driving and pallet building elements, adding weight to the aims and results of the contest.

“We were very pleased to organize and host this event once again, bringing teams together from around the world to pit their skills against safety and efficiency criteria,” said Hactl Chief Executive Mark Whitehead in presenting awards.

“We congratulate everyone who took part, both on their obvious abilities and their enthusiasm. The Hactl International Forklift and Pallet Building Competition aims to combine fun and team spirit with serious messages about aviation safety and safety at work. These are vitally important issues which are embedded in Hactl’s DNA.”

Launched in 1976, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) is Hong Kong’s largest independent cargo handler, serving more than 100 airline companies and 1,000 freight forwarders.

Its base, SuperTerminal 1, is Hong Kong’s largest cargo handling facility, with an annual design capacity of 3.5 million tonnes.