|Excellence in Leadership Award: John W. Crichton|
“Crichton has pushed the air traffic management envelope for more than two decades.”
John W. Crichton transformed air traffic management in Canada during his 18 years as CEO of NAV Canada and gained international recognition in the ATC world.
|Eco Airline of the Year: United Airlines|
“United made the largest equity investment by an airline in an alternative fuel company.”
United established a track record of identifying and implementing strategies to reduce its environmental impact in the air, on the ground and at its facilities.
|Eco Company of the Year: AltAir Fuels|
“AltAir fuel is price-competitive with traditional jet fuel and requires no modifications.”
When AltAir launched commercial-scale volumes of aviation alternative fuels in March 2016, it enabled the largest use of alternative fuel in the industry.
|Airport of the Year: Pittsburgh International|
“The airport has announced14 new nonstop destinations, new carriers and a service expansion by Southwest Airlines.”
Pittsburgh International Airport is a model for how medium-sized airports can stand out in customer service and business innovation.
|Onboard Experience Award: Singapore Airlines|
“The IFE companion app combines rich functionality with a user-friendly focus and contemporary design to offer an engaging digital experience.”
Singapore Airlines is renowned for high passenger service standards, but the airline broke the mold again in 2016 with a new inflight entertainment app.
|ATR CEO focuses on changing perceptions of turboprops|
ATR opens fifth simulator center and looks to grow US market.
ATR is trying to convey to potential customers and passengers that his turboprops are modern, safe, fuel efficient and economically viable aircraft.
|New seating designs could aid boarding efficiency, onboard comfort|
New seat-design concepts could help speed the boarding process of large narrowbodies.
Larger narrowbodies and higher-density cabins are driving researchers to consider seating designs and boarding strategies that speed loading and unloading.
|Value Airline of the Year: Volaris|
“Volaris is an innovator, always looking for non-traditional approaches to engage more customers.”
Ultra-LCC Volaris has the lowest unit cost in the Americas among publicly traded companies, with the highest utilization and the youngest fleet in Mexico.
|Pilots in demand as retirements grow, fleets expand|
Pilot training academies are growing and adopting new technologies.
By 2035, hundreds of thousands of new commercial airline pilots will be needed to fly the new aircraft and fleet mixes that are forecast worldwide.
|Connectivity key to successful passenger experience|
Technology can improve the passenger experience, but you still need good service.
Passenger loyalty used to revolve around frequent flier programs. Now the entire journey needs to be made as simple and as connected as possible.