Business partners distinguished with annual Schiphol Aviation Awards
Yesterday marked the Schiphol Aviation Awards ceremony at the O.T. building, the home base of Schiphol’s snow fleet, presented by Chief Operations Officer & Executive Vice President of Royal Schiphol Group Birgit Otto. With its awards, Schiphol annually recognises customers and business partners who have made an extraordinary contribution in their performance or who have initiated a unique project.
This year, business partners could be eligible to win either of four categories (see below). In the running within each category were three nominees, who were announced to the room in an original way. The presenter on the stage handed over to a Schiphol reporter somewhere within the airport grounds.These announcements were followed by a drone flying to the respective winners, after which Birgit Otto presented the awards to them.
WINNER OF BEST PASSENGER AIRLINE AWARD 2017 – Europe
Transavia contributed to the mainport network with the introduction of two new destinations (Katowice and Tirana) and six new European routes: Munich, Helsinki, Belgrade, Zurich, Ljubljana and Sofia. The Dutch airline has also made big contributions to transparency and data exchange and has a good score on innovation, for example a better process for hand baggage.
The other nominees were easyJet and KLM.
WINNER OF BEST PASSENGER AIRLINE AWARD 2017 – Intercontinental
Dallas/Fort Worth was added by American Airlines, a new destination to Schiphol’s network. American Airlines is a pioneering partner in innovative projects and is transparent in sharing data. The carrier was and still is a front runner in a Fast & Efficient handling process by joining self-service drop-off.American Airlines was up against Jet Airways and KLM.
WINNER OF BEST CARGO AIRLINE AWARD 2017
KLM Cargo is a key driver for the Cargo Community projects. It invests heavily in data optimisation, planning and improving procedures. Furthermore, they are the front runner in major projects. KLM is Schiphol’s largest carrier in cargo volume and air transport movements.
KLM Cargo beat Turkish Airlines and AirBridgeCargo Airlines in this category.
WINNER OF SUSTAINABILITY AWARD 2017
KLM is increasingly integrating sustainability into its business operations, and has taken great steps to reduce its ecological footprint. The renewal of their fleet is a prime example, with the phasing out of the Boeing 747 and saying farewell to the Fokker fleet. In addition, the use and further development of biofuel contributes to lower emissions. On the ground, its efforts and progress in the transition to electrically driven equipment set a true example.
The two other nominees were Vanderlande and TUI Fly.