24 January 2014
Penton´s Air Transport World said that Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is the recipient of its 2014 Airline of the Year Award. This is the first time the honor has gone to a US carrier in a decade.
Other winners of the 40th Airline Industry Achievement Awards include Etihad Airways (Market Leadership), WestJet (Value Airline of the Year), SkyWest (Regional Airline of the Year), JetBlue Airways (Technology Leadership) and Singapore Changi Airport (Airport of the Year). The 2014 Decade of Excellence recipient is Alex de Gunten for his ten years of leadership as executive director at ALTA, the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association.
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Delta Air Lines, with an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 322 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry´s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic.