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Air Cargo Innovation Awards 2017

Internet of things, digital, drones, big data, virtual reality, robots… Innovation is not just talk! The air cargo industry is no different from the others: it needs to re-invent itself, adapt to new customer expectations, embrace new technologies, challenge the status-quo to be more efficient and attractive for customers, business partners, investors, employees.

The second edition of the IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards aims at encouraging new ideas to enrich customer experience and/or to improve competitiveness of air logistics.

The Winner

At the World Cargo Symposium 2017 in Abu Dhabi, on Thursday 16 March 2017, participants voted for the winner amongst the 5 finalists.

Congratulations to our winner Astral Aerial for their submission on “UTM Concept for Africa”!

We thank all of the applicants of the Air Cargo Innovation Awards for their many fantastic submissions, especially the finalists who were invited to join us in Abu Dhabi.

All of these many innovative ideas are a source of pride for the Air Cargo industry.

The runners-up were:


  • Etihad Cargo - Smart Electric Cool Dolly
  • Gatechain - Redefining trade with blockchain
  • Jettainer - Innovative Decision Support System (DSS), ULD management
  • Openairlines - SkyBreathe Fuel Efficiency

Congratulations to them all!

For more information on each submission, you can refer to our finalist summaries (pdf).

Contest Prizes

Winner Prizes
  • USD 20,000
  • 1 Entry pass to 2017 WCS
  • Featured article in Cargo Tracker
Runners-up Prizes
  • USD 2,500
  • 1 Entry pass to 2017 WCS
  • Featured article in Cargo Tracker


We sincerely thank the seven members of our Jury for the time they took to provide us with their assessments of the great submissions this year:

  • Darryl Judd, Chief Operating Officer of Logistics Executive Group
  • Marco Bloemen, Partner at Seabury
  • Alain Lumbroso, Economist at International Transport Forum / OECD
  • Stephen Miles, Research Affiliate and Consultant at MIT
  • Bernd Maresch, Owner, MARESCH Ltd.
  • Holger Buerskens, Partners, Arnecke Sibeth
  • Wolfgang Lehmacher, Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries, World Economic Forum

Air Cargo Innovation Awards 2015

IATA hosted the first edition of the Air Cargo Innovation Awards during the World Cargo Symposium 2015 in Shanghai.


  • CHEP Aerospace Solutions for their CanTrack solution (media release on CanTrack)


  • CLIVE for their "Humanized Technology for the Air Cargo Industry"
  • CARGOHUB Netherlands for their Cargo Claims solution

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