Star Alliance voted best Alliance at Skytrax

Courtesy: Star Alliance.

In its 20th Anniversary year, Star Alliance has claimed the Best Airline Alliance title at the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the second year running. The Alliance’s prestigious Los Angeles Lounge also received the Best Airline Alliance Lounge Award for the third year in row.

Accepting the award at the Paris – Le Bourget Air Show, Jeffrey Goh, CEO Star Alliance said: “This is an important accolade to receive in our 20th Anniversary year. It once again shows that our investment into a modern IT infrastructure is paying off, enabling the more than 440,000 member airline employees to provide customers with an even better Alliance travel experience. Our IT hubs are the foundation which will allow us to use digital technology to offer a more individual and a better Alliance travel experience going forward.”

Star Alliance was the first airline alliance to receive the Best Alliance Award from Skytrax when the category was first introduced in 2005 and has since held the award eight times.

The World Airline Awards are managed by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax Research of London, UK. The latest survey was conducted between August 2016 and May 2017, attracting 19.87 million eligible entries with participants from 105 nationalities. The survey covered over 325 airlines, from largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers, measuring quality standards for 41 Key Performance Indicators across front-line product and service factors in the Airport and On-board environments.

Complementing the Alliance awards, 13 Star Alliance member carriers received distinctions in 26 individual categories, with four achieving top 10 rankings in the Top Airline Category: Singapore Airlines (2), ANA (3), EVA (6) and Lufthansa (7).

Aegean Airlines

  • Best Regional Airline in Europe

Air Canada

  • Best Airline in North America

ANA

  • World’s Best Airport Services
  • Best Airline Staff in Asia

Austrian Airlines

  • Best Airline Staff in Europe

Avianca

  • Best Airline in South America
  • Best Regional Airline in South America

COPA Airlines

  • Best Airline in Central America / Caribbean
  • Best Airline Staff in Central America

Ethiopian Airlines

  • Best Airline in Africa

EVA Air

  • Best Business Class Comfort Amenities
  • World’s Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness

Lufthansa

  • Best Airline in Europe
  • Best Airline in Western Europe
  • Best First Class Lounge Dining

Singapore Airlines

  • Best Airline in Asia
  • Best Business Class Airline Seat
  • Best Premium Economy Onboard Catering

South African Airways

  • Best Airline Staff in Africa

THAI

  • Best Economy Onboard Catering
  • World’s Best Economy Class
  • Best Airline Lounge Spa Facilities

Turkish Airlines

  • Best Airline in Southern Europe
  • Best Business Class Onboard Catering
  • World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge
  • Best Business Class Lounge Dining

Source: Star Alliance.

Boeing set to deliver record number of airplanes to Turkish Airlines

Courtesy: Boeing.

Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing is set to deliver a record number of airplanes this year to Turkey’s flag carrier, Turkish Airlines. In total, the carrier will take delivery of six 777-300ERs and 20 Next-Generation 737-800s in 2016.

“Turkish Airlines is one of the world’s ascendant airlines and an established global network carrier. It has achieved this through various significant investments in its fleet which now stands at over 311 and growing,” said Ahmet Bolat, Chief Investment and Technology Officer, Turkish Airlines. “The delivery of a further 26 Boeing aircraft this year, which form a substantial part of our long-haul and short-haul fleets, are integral to Turkish’s continued growth and we look forward to introducing the new planes on our domestic and international network.”

The Next-Generation 737’s market success has been confirmed by investors who consistently rank it as the most preferred single-aisle airplane due to its wide market base, superior efficiency and lowest operating costs in its class. To date, more than 7,000 Next-Generation 737s have been ordered by the world’s leading airlines.

“We are pleased that Turkish Airlines continues to show faith in Boeing’s products and services,” said Monty Oliver, vice president, European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We have a strong relationship with the airline and are honored that we continue to play a key part in supporting its ambitious growth plans.”

Turkish Airlines and Boeing share a long history that goes back to 1945, with the arrival of the airline’s first DC-3/C-47 airliners. Turkish Airlines entered the jet age in the late 1960s, when the airline began operating DC-9, DC-10 and Boeing 707 airplanes.

Over the years, Turkish carriers have also flown the Boeing 727, 757, MD-80 and the most modern 737 and 777 airplanes. Turkish Technic, a prominent subsidiary of the airline, is a world-class maintenance center for Boeing 737 airplanes, with certifications from regulatory authorities throughout the region and beyond.

Source: Boeing.