Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) confers on Kingfisher Airlines the international award for "Best New Domestic Airline for Excellent Services and Cuisine "
Berlin, March 10, 2006—Kingfisher Airlines, India`s fastest growing airline and the first Indian carrier to offer Full Service at True value, including a personal in-flight entertainment system on every seat on domestic routes, was today conferred an international award for "Best New Domestic Airline for Excellent Services and Cuisine" by the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association, at ITB Berlin.
PATWA organizes International Awards every year at the ITB Berlin, which is the world`s biggest travel fair, attended by exhibitors from 180 countries and more than 7000 journalists. The PATWA award is given in cooperation with Messe Berlin, to recognize individuals, organizations involved in promotion of tourism from various sectors such as aviation, hotels, travel agencies, tour operators, government agencies and the like.
The award was received by Mr. A.K. Ravi Nedungadi, President and Group CFO, The UB Group, the holding company of Kingfisher Airlines, at a glittering awards ceremony attended by luminaries from the global travel trade industry.
Speaking with media persons soon after the awards ceremony, a visibly elated Mr. Nedungadi commented, "This is the third international award that Kingfisher Airlines has bagged in as many months! It is gratifying to see that our approach of providing our guests with a delightful and unique flying experience has been recognized not just once, but twice and thrice over. In all the accolades received so far, service excellence has been the single unifying theme that resonates through the selection criteria that led to Kingfisher Airlines being chosen as a winner, hands down. Being recognized at a global forum like ITB Berlin is an honour and I would like to thank our valued guests who chose to fly Kingfisher Airlines".
Mr. Sagar Ahluwalia, Secretary General, PATWA commented, "Every year, PATWA organizes an international seminar and awards ceremony with the support of Messe Berlin, the organizers of ITB-Berlin one of the biggest tourism fairs in the world. This year, one of the awardees that stands out is Kingfisher Airlines. In the short span of time since its launch, the airline has raised the bar in terms of service. The introduction of gourmet meals on its flights left no doubts in our mind about its commitment to excellence and the choice of Kingfisher Airlines as Best New Domestic Airline for Excellent Services and Cuisine was unanimous amongst the entire collegium that voted for this year`s awards. They are clearly a player to watch out for".
PATWA is the biggest travel writers` organization representing members from 70 countries from all over the world. The aim of PATWA is to promote professional development of Travel Writing and Travel Communication, which will make invaluable contribution in the promotion of tourism.
Just a few weeks ago, Skytrax, a UK based specialist Global Air Transport Research Advisor recognized Kingfisher Airlines for developing & implementing a higher level of customer service and conferred on it the 2006 Skytrax Award for `Service Excellence for a New airline`. That award came close on the heels of the another award given to the airline by CAPA-The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation in December 2005.CAPA recognized and honored Kingfisher Airlines for its significant innovation and outstanding customer experience and voted it as the "Best New Airline of the Year 2005" in the Asia Pacific and Middle East.
Kingfisher Airlines currently operates more than 70 flights a day. In keeping with its growth plans, Kingfisher Airlines recently placed a fresh order for 15 additional ATR 72-500 aircraft in a deal valued at US$270 million. Kingfisher Airlines is also the first Indian carrier to have placed an order for five Airbus super jumbo A380s, five A350s and five A330s. The deliveries of A330s are expected to begin in 2007 while the A380s and A350s arrive in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
About Kingfisher Airlines
Kingfisher Airlines is India`s first and only private airline to receive the prestigious, `Best New Airline of the Year` award in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region from the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA). Kingfisher Airlines has also been voted as the 3rd Most Successful Brand Launch of the Year 2005, in the annual Brand Derby Survey conducted by India`s leading business daily Business Standard. In another Survey conducted by agencyfaqs.com and Brand Reporter, Kingfisher was voted as the 7th Buzziest Brand of 2005 amongst 2000 leading national and international brands. More recently Kingfisher Airlines has bagged the "Service Excellence for a New Airline" award from Skytrax, a UK based specialist global air transport advisor. Kingfisher Airlines commenced operations on May 9th, with a brand new fleet of aircraft. Kingfisher Airlines offers Full Service at True Value and promises an unparalleled experience to the Indian air traveler. For the first time in Indian skies, Kingfisher Airlines offers world-class in-flight entertainment with personal video screens for every seat. There`s a wide selection of 5 video channels and 10 audio channels available on-board. Also on offer are extra-wide seats and spacious leg room, delicious gourmet meals, international-class cabin crew and a whole host of comforts and delights. Kingfisher Airlines also facilitates doorstep delivery of tickets on guest request. Fly the Good Times with Kingfisher Airlines. For more information on Kingfisher Airlines log on to www.flykingfisher.com
About The UB Group
The UB Group is one of India`s largest conglomerates with a turnover in excess of US $2 billion, with diverse interests in brewing, distilling, real estate, engineering, fertilizers, biotechnology, IT and aviation. In June 2005, The UB Group acquired management control of Shaw Wallace and Company Ltd. This transaction has catapulted The UB Group`s Spirits Division into becoming the third largest liquor company in the world with 15 millionaire brands in its portfolio, and annual sales in excess of 60 million cases. Kingfisher Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Breweries Holdings limited, the UB Group`s investments holding company. For more information on The UB Group log on to www.theubgroup.com
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