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ATW names ANA Airline of the Year

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ATW names ANA Airline of the Year, Horizon takes Regional honors

Friday January 26, 2007

Air Transport World, sister publication to ATWOnline, named ANA as its Airline of the Year for 2007 and Horizon Air as its Regional Airline of the Year.

Tokyo-based ANA is being recognized for its exemplary safety record, superb passenger service product, operational excellence, IT innovation and strong earnings performance. In choosing Seattle-based Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group, the editors cited its strong brand and product identity in its local markets, technical leadership, friendly passenger service and profitability.

Aviation Partners Boeing was selected for the Aviation Technology Achievement Award for its development of Blended Winglet Systems for the 737NG and other Boeing types, which help airlines to manage soaring fuel costs while improving aircraft performance.

Dr. Assad Kotaite, who served for 30 years as president of the ICAO Council before retiring last summer, received ATW's Joseph S. Murphy Industry Service Award for his strong leadership on vital issues such as aviation safety, noise and emissions.

The Cargo Airline of the Year Award was presented to Emirates SkyCargo, which for the first time in its history carried more than 1 million metric tons of freight and generated more than $1 billion in revenue last year.

Air Canada received the Market Leadership Award, recognizing its initiative in reversing the commoditization of air travel through transparent branded fares, "ala carte" pricing on its website and travel passes.

Royal Jordanian won the Phoenix Award, which is presented to airlines that have gone through a major transformation. After years of losses, the Amman-based carrier changed its business model to focus on traffic within its home markets, helping it return to profitability while nearly doubling in size.

Citing their efforts under the Working Together Initiative to preserve jobs while improving the efficiency of the carrier's MRO division, ATW selected American Airlines and the Transport Workers Union to receive the Labor Management Relations Award.

ATW's awards program is in its 33rd year. The awards will be presented formally at ATW's Gala Dinner and Celebration in Washington on Feb. 21.
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