Temel Kotil, Turkish Airlines' CEO
Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of Turkey, has been chosen "Best Airline in Europe," “Best Airline in Southern Europe” and awarded "Best Business Class Catering” in the 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards, announced this week at The Paris Air Show.
As a world recognised brand associated with air travel excellence in the 21st century, Skytrax has become a world leader in ranking aviation offersby providing unique products to the world airline and airport industry through professional Audit and Service Benchmarking programmes of airlines, airline alliances, airports and related air transport product and service suppliers across the globe.
Assessing over 238 airlines and 148 airports based on passenger input, Skytrax publishes and ranks aviation providers based on these submissions. And again this year, Turkish Airlines scored a resounding success at the 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards, with air travellers voting the airline as the "Best Airline in Europe," the third year running.
Turkish Airlines was also named as the winner in the category, "Best Business Class Catering” by adding the 'Flying Chef' service for Business Class passengers on its long flights.
The three awards were presented by CEO of Skytrax, Edward Plaistedto Turkish Airlines' CEO, Temel Kotil Ph.D. at The Paris Air Show. The results of the 2013 World Airline Awards followed a survey operated over a 10-month period across 160 countries.
Six years ago, in 2007, Turkish Airlines, was first ranked as a four star airline by Skytrax. While keeping its 4-star airline title again in 2008, Turkish Airlines joined Star Alliance and was also named “The Best Airline in Southern Europe.”
Maintaining the same momentum in 2010, Turkish Airlines continued to be the "Best Airline in Southern Europe" and “Best Catering in Economy Class” with the inflight service provided by Turkish DO&CO. The airline also took 3rd place of the best airline companies in Europe.
In 2011, Turkish Airlines was chosen as the winner of the 3 categories by Skytrax; “Best Airline in Europe,” “Best Premium Economy Seats” for its Comfort Class seats and “Best Airline in Southern Europe” at the 2011 World Airline Awards.
Turkish Airlines scored the same success at the 2012 Skytrax World Airline Awards, with its passengers voting the airline as the "Best Airline in Europe" the second year running. It was also named by Skytrax as the winner in 3 categories, "Best Airline in Southern Europe" and "Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat" for its Comfort Class seats.
Turkish Airlines continues to consolidate its position as one of the world's leading airlines by investments made in recent years, the awards received, impressive growth figures, large-scale aircraft orders and a continuously expanding route network, all of which demonstrate the continued popularity amongst airline passengers.