Emirates tops world rankingsNews — By admin on February 25, 2011 at 4:58 am
Emirate Airline’s commitment to safety and operational excellence pays off. Penton Media’s Air Transport World, the leading monthly magazine covering the global airline industry, announced the selection of Emirates Airline as its Airline of the Year for 2011. The Dubai, UAE-based carrier is being honored for its strong commitment to safety and operational excellence, its trendsetting customer service and its superb financial performance including a 22- year consecutive annual profit streak.
Since launching service in 1985, Emirates has grown into one of the largest and most dynamic airlines in the world and has transformed Dubai into a major connecting hub for global air travel. It is also a leader in developing flexible air routings that save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions. Emirates was the first airline to introduce personal seatback entertainment units, and the first to enable passengers to make authorized onboard mobile phone calls. Its Airbus A380s feature showers for first class passengers.
The editors of Air Transport World selected Spain’s Air Nostrum as the Regional Airline of the Year, citing its superb safety record and longstanding commitment to delivering excellent customer service. Air Nostrum’s sterling financial performance including 13 consecutive years of profitability through 2008 as it grew to become Europe’s second-largest independent regional airline, have earned the editors’ kudos. Additionally, the editors were impressed by Air Nostrum’s swift and decisive response to the 2009 downturn in the Spanish economy that has positioned the carrier for renewed success going forward.
The Aviation Technology Achievement Award goes to GE Aviation for the development of the GE90, the world’s most powerful aircraft engine family and the exclusive power plant for Boeing’s largest and longest-range versions of the 777. As the first commercial power plant to feature a composite fan blade, the GE90 broke new ground in engine technology and is among the most fuel efficient and reliable engines in service today. The 115,000-lb. thrust version of the GE90 has no equal in the world. Virgin America received the Passenger Service Award. Since launching service in 2007, the San Franciscobased airline has raised the bar for passenger service in North America with its stylish, high-tech product featuring leather seats and cabin mood lighting. Passengers can enjoy 18 channels of live TV, up to 30 on-demand pay per view movies, Wi-Fi and a music library containing 3,000 MP3s. They can order food from their seats via their interactive video screens. Turkish Airlines baggedthe Market Leadership Award. The airline’s route network covers 169 destinations, up from 101 in 2003