16 October, 2002, JOHANNESBURG: South African Airways (SAA) is collecting awards fast and furiously.
The latest feather in the airline`s cap of accolades is an award for inflight entertainment.
At the World Airline Entertainment Association`s presentation of the annual Avion Awards, SAA won the accolade as first runner up for Best Single Inflight Audio Programme. This award, known as the Oscars of inflight entertainment, is the most prestigious honour an airline can achieve for its inflight entertainment offering.
This programme, a music channel called One Nation, consists solely of South African music and explores the riches this offers.
The programme was the brainchild of Barbara Brink-Harley, SAA product/technical manager. It is compiled and presented by Nothemba Madumo, radio, television presenter and master of ceremonies and produced by Allan Matthews, radio producer and broadcaster.
One Nation was launched in 2000 to give passengers a typical South African music programme. Passengers received it with warm enthusiasm.
SAA has won a string of these Avion awards. In 2000 One Nation, also walked off with the Avion as First Runner Up.
“These awards that we have received a steady stream of, confirms we are on the path towards reclaiming our rightful place among the world`s top airlines,” says André Viljoen, SAA President and CEO.
Other awards the airline has recently won are: Best Airline in Africa by the South African Travel Agents` Association // Best Airline in Africa by the British Travel Agents // The most outstanding African airline 2001 // The Best airline in Africa with the Best Cabin Crew in Africa by Skytrax // The Best to Fly Business Class to Africa by the US Magazine Business Traveller // Travel Weekly Globe awards for the 11th consecutive year as The Best Airline to Africa