Singapore Airlines was recently announced the best airline for the third year in a row by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) at the recent 2010 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards held at the Westin Hotel Sydney. The full media release from Singapore Airlines can be read below: Singapore Airlines wins Best Airline third year running For the third consecutive year, the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has awarded Singapore Airlines (SIA) the prestigious Best Airline International Online Award at the 2010 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards on Saturday night. SIA reinforced its position as the world’s most awarded airline and fought off competition from a number of esteemed finalists including Qantas, Emirates, V Australia and Air New Zealand. Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Subhas Menon, said the Airline was thrilled by the recognition from AFTA and added the award underlined the Airline’s enduring strive towards consistency, reliability and service excellence. “In yet another year of unprecedented impact on the travel industry, commencing with the GFC and culminating with airspace closures due to volcanic activity in Europe, the travel industry has worked tirelessly to re-establish itself and get back into groove.” “We are elated that once again, we have been recognised by the Australian travel trade. We would like to thank them for their support. Singapore Airlines’ third triumph as the Best International Airline is a result of the commitment and contributions of our dedicated staff as well as the collaboration and professionalism of travel agents across Australia,” Mr Menon said. A total of 950 guests attended the awards event at the Westin Hotel Sydney, where 28 awards were announced at the industry’s night of nights. In addition to the celebrated gala event, SIA also sponsored the first ever AFTA NTIA after party. Singapore Airlines continued to bolster its services in 2009/10, including carrying out the first multi-sector demonstration flight under the ASPIRE programme, which aims to promote environmental stewardship in the region. Singapore Airlines, is the first to fly the A380 which flies daily each from Sydney and Melbourne to Singapore as well as London, Paris, Zurich, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Singapore Airlines also inaugurated flights to Munich earlier this year and later in 2010 will fly to Haneda in Tokyo City from Singapore. Last month the Airline announced the delivery of new aircraft and a flight simulator to the Singapore Flying College’s Maroochydore base, highlighting the Airline’s ongoing commitment to the Australian market, which it has served for more than 40 years.
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