Global trade association The Air Charter Association (The ACA) has announced the winners of its prestigious Air Charter Excellence Awards 2021, hosted on Thursday 14 October at the Hilton Metropole, Brighton.
With a change to the traditional location and a new gala dinner format, the event got off to a flying start with a drinks reception in the hotel’s Clarence Room, before moving to the Oxford Suite for a three-course meal and Awards presentation, where the finalists and winners in each category were announced by their respective sponsors.
After dinner, casino tables were unveiled in the adjoining Cambridge Hall and guests enjoyed an evening of roulette and blackjack, with tokens.
Kevin Ducksbury, chairman of The ACA says: “Our guests were thrilled to be able to get together in person again and enjoy our Excellence Awards event, after a two-year break. Everyone remarked on how special the event was and that it was a fun change from the usual London venues.
“Huge congratulations go to all our winners. The past 18 months have been incredibly difficult for our industry of course, and we look forward to a brighter 2022 and growth in our industry.
“Coming together for the event in Brighton reminded us how much of a community the air charter industry is and how we can all support each other through recognition and by highlighting the hard work involved.”
The ACA’s international members nominated exceptional companies and individuals for consideration for an award and a combination of member voting and board decisions selected the winners from a list of finalists in each category.
The winners of the 2021 Air Charter Excellence Awards are as follows:
- Executive Passenger Charter Operator of The Year – Air Hamburg
- Commercial Passenger Charter Operator of The Year – 2Excel Aviation
- Cargo Charter Operator of The Year – RVL Aviation
- Handling Agent / FBO of The Year – Farnborough Airport
- Aircraft Manufacturer of The Year – Gulfstream
- The ACA NextGen Young Person of The Year – Tomas Nicolau, LunaJets
- Sir Michael Marshall Award for Sustainability in Aviation – Faradair Aerospace
- The ACA Chairman’s Award – Phill O’Dell, Chief test pilot at Rolls Royce and founder of fly2help