Air Transport World names Lufthansa subsidiary the world`s best regional airline
The prestigious Air Transport World (ATW) magazine presented Lufthansa CityLine with its prized “Regional Airline of the Year 2001” award in Washington D.C.on Monday evening, February 5.
The accolade is yet another to be extended to a company in the Lufthansa Group as the world`s best airline in its category. Last year, Lufthansa landed the treasured ATW award in the “Airline of the Year” category for the third time after 1982 and 1994.
“CityLine has brought the power of Lufthansa`s global network to cities across Europe while offering superior customer service and operational excellence,” said ATW editor Sandra Arnoult, commending the regional carrier`s successful networking of the European regions at the Washington presentation ceremony.
The ATW jury paid tribute to Lufthansa CityLine`s record of returning positive business results in recent years despite a difficult market environment. The regional carrier has moreover underlined its outstanding reputation as a driving force behind the introduction of new aircraft types through its decisive furtherance and support for aircraft manufacturing programmes at Bombardier (Canadair Jet CRJ 100/200/700) and Fairchild Dornier (FD 728).
“We`re proud of this internationally esteemed award and of our staff, whose excellent efforts have contributed so much towards it,” said Lufthansa CityLine Managing Director Karl-Heinz Köpfle at the prize-giving in Washington D.C. “Our thanks go, above all, to our customers, whose trust has made it possible for us to become the world`s best regional airline.”
As Europe`s leading regional airline, Lufthansa CityLine carried more than 5.7 million passengers last year, an all-time high. It operates with a modern fleet of 60 aircraft, including 42 Canadair Jet CRJ 100/200s (50-seater) and 18 Avro RJ85s (80-seater).