Size doesn’t matter, but the winner takes it (nearly) all

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This evening I had great honour of emceeing the first annual Passenger Choice Awards, which was hosted by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), the group formerly known as the WAEA.

One of my favorite moments of the night occurred when in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) guru, APEX chief (and Emirates VP) grabbed a crate to give himself a few extra inches beside the 50ft woman.

It comes as little surprise that Virgin-branded airlines – Virgin American and V Australia – took home the most and the biggest awards, four and two, respectively. But here is a list of all the award winners. Congratulations to all the winners! What a great night! (Skyy Vodka will now be consumed.)

Category                                                                                      Winner

Best In-flight Publication                                                                 Tam

Best IFE User Interface                                                                  V Australia

Best In-flight Connectivity and Communications                                Virgin America

Best In-flight Video                                                                         Air New Zealand

Best Cabin Ambiance                                                                    JetBlue

Best Ground Experience                                                                Virgin America

Best in Region: Europe                                                                  British Airways

Best in Region: Asia and Australasia                                              Singapore

Best in Region: Americas                                                              Virgin America

Best in Region: Middle East                                                           Emirates

Best Overall IFE – UP to 25 IFE-equipped Aircraft in Fleet                 V Australia

Best Overall IFE – More Than 25 IFE-equipped Aircraft in Fleet          Virgin America

Avion Award for Best Single Achievement in IFE                               Etihad

Avion Award for Best Achievement in Technology                             Thales Avionics

APEX Outstanding Contribution Award                                            Crest’s Bryan Rusenko

APEX Lifetime Achievement Award                                                 Cine’s Joe Barber

APEX Lifetime Achievement                                                           Panasonic’s Paul Margis

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6 Responses to Size doesn’t matter, but the winner takes it (nearly) all

  1. alloycowboy September 14, 2010 at 1:25 am #

    Well done Mary, you look great!

  2. glen towler September 14, 2010 at 1:55 am #

    Could not agree more surprised that stefthepilot hasn’t said something by now

  3. Dave September 14, 2010 at 2:48 am #

    Nice… were you the tallest person there? Skyy Vodka, not bad… but it would be better if it was 50 year old Glenfiddich. Or better still Glenfiddich 1937…

  4. Jetcal1 September 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Nice to see the US airlines in a leadership position. “profit uber alles” seems to lead to less profit.

    Congrats on the emcee gig.

  5. Alexandra September 20, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    We were livid cos they scrapped Africa from the Avions. Sitting with SAA and representing KQ (Kenya Airways) and other African airlines – it was simply inexcusable that the committee simply dropped an entire continent.
    Afterwards I spoke to a board member who blithely told me that there were only 9 votes so it was agreed to drop Africa….
    Nice one.
    Besides, Best in Middle East and Africa always means being up against Emirates and let’s face it – snowball’s chance kinda comes to mind?…
    On Thursday two board representatives divulged that the criticism had reached their ears and yes – next year there will be a Best in Africa Category…. Helps to bitch and moan sometimes….

  6. Discount Save the Queen September 24, 2010 at 7:23 pm #

    Rumour has it they originated from the beaches of Brazil where women used to move their normal bikinis and tuck them in when sunbathing to get the best tan they could, which is when someone thought of the idea to make a really low coverage suit instead.

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