SKYTRAX, a research organization to the air transport industry and sponsors of the annual World Airline and World Airport awards, will be marking their silver anniversary later this year with a special 25th anniversary awards event.
The event will take a different approach than the World Airline and World Airport awards, which are decided by passengers who vote for their favorites. In contrast, the 25th anniversary awards will provide the opportunity for U.K.-based Skytrax to "publicly recognise the airlines, airports and leaders of the industry that we consider to be the best," the organization said on its web site.
The company was founded in 1989 and started the World Airline awards 10 years later. From the outset, it determined to base the awards on the input of "a worldwide travel audience, with no [hidden] agenda or sponsorship influences," it said on its web site.
In 2013, overseas carriers dominated the World Airline awards, as I noted in a previous post. This year's results will be announced at the Farnborough International Air Show 2014, which will take place in Farnborough, England July 14 through 20. The venue for the annual awards presentation alternates between the Farnborough show and the International Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget Exhibition Centre near Paris, which alternate on a biennial basis.
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