BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT
September 19, 2006: : Jet Airways, India’s premier airline has maintained its track record of winning prestigious awards by being conferred laurels by the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA)for its in-flight entertainment system with two coveted awards – Best Overall In-Flight Entertainment and Best Single In-Flight Audio Program .
Jet Airways was judged the “best overall” airline for in-flight entertainment in the Small Fleet Category based on number of aircraft. Qantas Airways was awarded the same in the Large Fleet category among leading passenger airlines world-wide by the World Airline Entertainment Association at its 27th Annual Conference & Exhibition held at Miami, USA on September 15, 2006.
The in-flight entertainment offerings of 42 global passenger airlines were judged for “originality, suitability, production value, content and balance”. The judges evaluated more than 163 samples of in-flight audio, video, print and interactive media that appeared in commercial airline service during the period from June 2005 – May 2006.
Jet Airways also got the best single in-flight Audio programme award and earned the distinction of second runner up for the best in-flight magazine, Jet Wings.
The “Avion Award” was conferred to Jet Airways by a 23-member international media panel that evaluated in-flight audio, video, magazines, and interactive media from 42 leading passenger airlines worldwide at the Exhibition. Sponsored by the World Airline Entertainment Association, the “Avion Award” now in its 18th year, honours excellence in several categories of airline in-flight entertainment.
The 1st runner up in the Small Fleet Category was Hawaiian Airlines and the Second runner-up Sri Lanka Airlines while in the Large Fleet Category it was KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways respectively.
Mr Girish Nair, Manager Product Development, Jet Airways, who steered the in-flight entertainment project during Jet Airways’ international launch operations, received the awards on behalf of the airline.
Commenting on winning these award, Mr. Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, Chief Executive Officer of Jet Airways said, “Jet Airways commenced its International Operations in April 2005 and we are delighted that the World Aviation Entertainment Association has recognized our in-flight entertainment programme as being one of the best globally in the very first year of our international operations. We will strive to maintain and enhance these standards of customer service excellence as we progress to our goal of emerging as a major global airline.”
The “Best Overall” ranking is determined by a composite score of each qualifying airline. The international judges panel included leading media executives, critics, producers, editors and academics from Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Singapore, Sweden, UK and the USA.
Jet Airways submitted entries in all eight categories, and was selected as a finalist in four: “Best In-flight Magazine”, “Best Single In-flight Audio Program”, “Best Entertainment for Inseat Systems” (partial cabin) and “Best Overall In-flight Entertainment” for airline with a fleet of up to 24 aircraft.
Since launching their in-flight entertainment “Skyscreen” in 2005, Jet Airways has continuously expanded its audio and video offerings. Its current selection of movie and TV titles now numbers over 100 distinct programmes. These range from an extensive selection of Bollywood and Hollywood movies to comedies, documentaries, crime series, lifestyle magazines and much more. “Skyscreen Magazine”, a separate entertainment guide published by the airline, presents details of all programmes, along with film facts, star and director portraits, feature articles on current onboard film festivals and details of the airline’s substantial audio channels and on-demand CD library.
Jet Airways has recently launched in-flight entertainment system with audio video on demand on its domestic network on two newly inducted Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT