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British Airways Takes Top Honours at the 25th Anniversary OAG Airline of the Year Awards

2007-04-19 22:03 1143

-- Singapore Airlines Scoops Two Prestigious Awards

-- Cathay Pacific Retains Best Transpacific Airline Title

-- Korean Air Wins Best Economy Class

-- Qantas Named Best Airline Based In Australasia/Pacific

-- Seoul Incheon Named Best Airport

BEIJING, April 20 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- British Airways was the big winner at the 25th Anniversary OAG Airline of the Year Awards that were held in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal at a gala dinner on Tuesday 17 April at The Landmark in London.

Her Royal Highness presented the coveted Spirit of Flight trophy for Airline of the Year to British Airways CEO, Willie Walsh. British Airways also picked up awards as Best Transatlantic Airline, Best Europe-Asia/Australasia Airline, and best airline based in Western Europe, and was shortlisted in three other categories.

The Asia Pacific region performed extremely well, with Singapore Airlines taking home two awards: Best International First Class and Best Airline based in Asia. It also was shortlisted for the overall Airline of the Year title.

Last year's Airline of the Year, Cathay Pacific, retained its crown as "Best Transpacific Airline" and Qantas was once again named Best Airline based in Australasia/Pacific.

Seoul Incheon International fought off extremely stiff competition to win the "Best Airport" crown. It just edged out last year's winner Singapore Changi which was commended, and also beat Amsterdam Schiphol, Dubai International, New York JFK and San Francisco International. Korea was a double winner with Korean Air, shortlisted for the first time this year, winning "Best Economy Class".

AirAsia and Virgin Blue were shortlisted for Best Low Cost/No Frills Airline but were edged out by jetBlue.

EasyJet founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, was presented with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award by HRH The Princess Royal. His Lifetime Achievement Award recognised the impact that EasyJet and the easyGroup had made on the European aviation and travel scene.

The annual "OAG Airline of the Year Awards" celebrates the very best in global air travel and publicly recognises the highest standards within the industry. The Awards are in association with TravelPlus; Le Royal Hotels was the Official Sponsor of the event, and Boeing was the champagne reception sponsor.

The complete list of winners and nominees for the 25th Anniversary OAG Airline of the Year Awards follows, and can be accessed at http://www.oag.com/airline+of+the+year.

The Winners and Nominees for the 25th OAG Airline of the Year Awards

OAG Airline of the Year 2007: British Airways

Aeromexico, Continental Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Emirates, Qantas,

South African Airways, Singapore Airlines

Best Airline Based in Asia: Singapore Airlines

Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Thai Airways

Best Airline Based in Australasia/Pacific: Qantas

Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, Virgin Blue

Best Airline Based in North America: Continental Airlines

Air Canada, American Airlines (Commended), Delta Air Lines, United Airlines

Best Airline Based in Central/S.America & Caribbean: Aeromexico

Copa Airlines, LAN Airlines, Mexicana, TAM Brazilian Airlines

Best Airline Based in Western Europe: British Airways

Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic

Best Airline Based in Central/Eastern Europe: CSA Czech Airlines

Aeroflot Russian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, MALEV Hungarian Airlines

Best Airline Based in the Middle East/Indian Sub-Continent: Emirates

El Al, Etihad, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways (Commended)

Best Airline Based in Africa: South African Airways

Air Mauritius, Egyptair, Kenya Airways

Best Transatlantic Airline: British Airways

American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic

Best Transpacific Airline: Cathay Pacific

Air New Zealand, American Airlines, Qantas, United Airlines

Best Europe - Asia/Australasia Airline: British Airways

Air France, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qantas

Best Low Cost/No Frills Airline: JetBlue

AirAsia, bmibaby, easyJet, Southwest Airlines, Virgin Blue

Best Economy/Coach Class: Korean Air

American Airlines, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Singapore Airlines

Best Business/Executive Class: Continental Airlines

American Airlines, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic (Commended)

Best International First Class: Singapore Airlines

British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Korean Air,

Best Airport: Seoul Incheon International

Amsterdam Schiphol, Dubai International, New York JFK, San Francisco International, Singapore Changi (Commended)

About the Awards

-- These annual awards were established in 1982.

-- The awards are presented by OAG to recognise and celebrate the

achievements of airlines and airports around the globe

-- The award is a specially commissioned bronze figure called "Spirit

of Flight" by sculptor Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie

-- These Awards are based on votes polled from a worldwide audience of

business travellers who subscribe to OAG travel information and

planning products.

-- Votes are collected, processed and analysed by an independent research

company.

-- Sponsors of individual award categories:

787 Dreamliner: Best Airline based in North America

Airport Express Alliance: Best International First Class

Boeing: Best Transatlantic Airline

Hahn Air Systems: Best Low Cost/No Frills Airline

Odgers Ray & Berndtson: Best Airline based in Middle East/Indian Sub-

continent

Peel Airports Group: Best Economy/Coach Class

Powertraveller: Best Transpacific Airline

Sabre Airline Solutions: Best Business/Executive Class

Sabre Travel Network: Best Airline based in Western Europe

SideStep: Best Airline based in Asia

TravelPlus: Best Airport

TTG: Best Europe - Asia/Australasia Airline

Zagreb Airport: Best Airline based in Central/Eastern Europe

About OAG

OAG is a global flight information and data solutions company with 9 offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia. It provides data, marketing and solutions to the corporate, commercial aviation and cargo sectors. More information about the company, its products and its services is available on the OAG web sites http://www.oag.com , http://www.oagdata.com and http://www.oagcargo.com .

OAG is part of Commonwealth Business Media ( http://www.cbizmedia.com ), a wholly owned subsidiary of United Business Media plc ( http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com ).

Source: OAG Worldwide Ltd 
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