Posted on: 02 February 2015 by Mark Howells
The UK’s HMG Aerospace is proud to announce that several UAE airlines have won top honours at the second Inflight Magazine Awards, which took place at the Inflight workshop 2015 during the Aircraft Interiors Middle East show in Dubai today.
Operators and passengers in the Middle East seek the ultimate in aircraft refinement, connectivity and efficiency, and the awards were established to reflect that.Event Director Becky Howells said: “We are delighted that we have received so much interest in our conference and awards event. In-flight entertainment and connectivity plays an important part in today’s passenger experience. The competition in this region is strong, driving up a superior offering. The standards were incredibly high and we congratulate all our winners.”Airline of the yearEtihad – for service, innovationPresented by Becky Howells, event directorMiddle East content innovationEmirates– forICE in-flight entertainment(Awarded for offering the right content to suit its passengers and innovation and creativity geared to the local market).Presented by Sharief Fahmy, CEO F&E GroupBest airline IFEC provider for the Middle EastFlydubai – for the IFEC service across its network(Awarded for connectivity and content appropriate for the routes on offer).Presented by Laila Ali Bin Hareb Al Muhairi. Executive Director, Strategy & International Affairs. UAE General Civil Aviation AuthorityOther winners wereBest handheld and/or wireless IFE systemGlobal Eagle Entertainment –for its web-based wireless audio and video on demand system that enables airlines to provide inflight entertainment content to passengers through their personal electronic devices(Awarded for cost and efficiency for a carrier).Presented by Sharief Fahmy, CEO F&E GroupInnovation in commercial airline cabinsVT Miltope –for optimising the traveller experience in a wireless cabin network(Awarded for the new development or idea that most enhances the passenger experience).Presented by Alan Peaford, Editor in Chief, Arabian Aerospace
Best seat-centric IFE systemRockwell Collins–for PAVES On-demand – the first and only seat-centric single-aisle IFE system to achieve linefit status with Boeing and Airbus(Awarded for integration into a new cabin or into existing interiors as a retrofit).Presented by Craig Foster, Founder Valour ConsultancyBest global connectivity providerPanasonic (Ku-band customers include: Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline and Qatar Airways).(Awarded for consistency of service over the entire flight).Presented by Craig Foster, Founder Valour ConsultancyInnovation in corporate jet cabinsHoneywell –for enhancements its Ovation product(Awarded for the new development or idea that enhances the VVIP passenger experience).Presented by Liz Moscrop, editor, Inflight magazine