NATIONAL carrier Malaysia Airlines was named Airline of the Year for third consecutive year at the Annual KLIA Award in Sepang last night.
AirAsia won the Low-cost Airline of the Year Award, while AirAsia Indonesia was given Foreign Airline of the Year Award.
For cargo category, MasKargo won Airline of the Year Award and Korean Air received Foreign Airline of the Year Award.
KLIA Awards, organised by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, offers recognition to 15 different categories of airline and service providers operating in KLIA.
The winners received the award either based on passenger movement, strong growth, good sales performance, international recognition as well as service performance - all based on 2008 performance.
The awards were presented by the guest of honour, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew.
Also present were MAHB chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman and managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad.
Commenting on the award, Malaysia Airlines executive director/chief financial officer Datuk Tengku Azmil Zahruddin Raja Abdul Aziz said: "We are very happy to win the award. We have won the award over the last couple of years.
"Of course Malaysia Airlines and MAHB have symbiotic relationship.
Airport doesn't exist without the airlines and airlines do not exist without airport, he said after receiving the award on behalf of Malaysia Airlines.
Being the biggest carrier in KLIA, Tengku Azmil said: "We do feel that we have the sense of responsibility to also assist KLIA as a hub," he said.
Source : BusinessTimes
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