PARIS, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SKYTRAX, a global provider of professional aviation evaluation services, announced the winners of "2013 World Airline Awards" at the 2013 Paris Air Show held in Paris, France on June 18th. Executives from around the world assembled at the World Airline Awards to receive their accolades, which were handed out by SKYTRAX chairman Edward Plaisted. Winners of all the awards, including "World's Best Airlines", are selected by 18 million air travelers from over 160 countries worldwide.
Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd (Hainan Airlines, stock code: 600221), the sole SKYTRAX Five-Star Airline on the Chinese mainland, again won both the "Best China Airline" and the "Best China Airline Staff Service" awards. It is the fourth time that the airline has won the two awards since 2008.
In presenting the awards to Hainan Airlines vice president Xie Haoming, the SKYTRAX chairman expressed his congratulations to the carrier. Xie Haoming said that with the high level of responsibility that SKYTRAX has entrusted in the airline, Hainan Airlines will continue to maintain the high standards of a five-star airline. In line with traditional oriental hospitality, Hainan Airlines remains committed to providing global travelers with comfort and convenience both on the ground and in the air with its new fleet, a comprehensive route network and excellent in-flight services, while moving towards its goals and continuing to build Hainan Airlines into an international brand as the "Beauty of the Orient".
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Hainan Airlines has successfully and rapidly transformed into an international five-star carrier. In 2012, its fleet of 120 aircraft transported 23 million passengers over 500 domestic and international routes. In April of 2013, the company was honored as the "SKYTRAX Five-Star Airline" for the third straight year for its excellent services. At the end of June, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, featuring 213 spacious 180-degree flat-bed seats, will officially join the fleet. From early July, the 787s are scheduled to first serve select high-quality routes, including Beijing-Haikou and Beijing-Shanghai.
Skytrax, a research organization for the aviation industry based in London, UK, is a leading professional quality-rating provider in the global aviation and airport industries.
SOURCE Hainan Airlines