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HONOLULU -- With its onboard showcase of all that is magical about Hawaii and its people, Hawaiian Airlines has earned international honors for excellence in inflight entertainment.
The World Airline Entertainment Association announced the winners of the 16th Annual Avion Awards on September 24 in Seattle. Forty-four airlines worldwide submitted 212 entries in 11 categories of inflight entertainment involving video, audio, and print.
Hawaiian was named First Runner-Up in the category of “Best Video Magazine Style Program” behind Air France, and Second Runner-Up for “Best Inflight Audio Entertainment” behind winner American Airlines and Thai Airways.
“These results confirm what we've felt all along – that Hawaiian offers a world-class inflight entertainment program,” said Louis Saint-Cyr, Hawaiian's vice president of inflight services. “We made a great showing and impressed the international airline community with how Hawaiian highlights the qualities that make Hawaii such an incredibly special place. Through the innovation and artistic creativity our people bring to the onboard experience, Hawaiian is able to stand tall with the giants of the industry.”
From its video magazine and audio program to its award-winning Hana Hou! onboard magazine, Hawaiian's inflight entertainment program highlights Hawaii's culture, traditions, people, music, and places. In addition, inflight menu selections reflect Hawaii's multicultural flair and flight attendants are dressed in the bright and colorful attire of the islands.
“There's no better way for travelers to experience Hawaii while in the air,” said Saint-Cyr.
The Avion Awards is considered the international airline community's most prestigious honor for inflight entertainment. Entries were judged on originality, suitability, production value, content, and balance by an international panel representing the publishing, recording, and television/film industries.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines, the nation's number one on-time carrier, is recognized as one of the best airlines in America. Business travelers recently surveyed by Condé Nast Traveler rated Hawaiian Airlines as having the best in-flight service and meals of any U.S. carrier. In addition, Hawaiian is ranked as the nation's fifth best airline overall by Travel + Leisure, ahead of every other carrier flying to Hawaii.
Celebrating its 75th year of continuous service, Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii's biggest and longest-serving airline, and the second largest provider of passenger air service between Hawaii and the mainland U.S. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more mainland U.S. gateways than any other airline. Hawaiian also provides approximately 117 daily jet flights among the Hawaiian Islands, as well as service to Australia, American Samoa and Tahiti.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (AMEX and PCX: HA). Since the appointment of a bankruptcy trustee in May 2003, Hawaiian Holdings has had no involvement in the management of Hawaiian Airlines and has had limited access to information concerning the airline. Additional information is available at www.HawaiianAir.com.