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Cathay Pacific named “Airline Of The Year 2006” by OAG

19 May 2006

Cathay Pacific Airways has been named "Airline of the Year 2006" by global travel and transport information company OAG at its prestigious 24th annual awards ceremony in London, capping an unprecedented run of coveted best airline awards for product and service excellence as the airline celebrates its 60th anniversary year.

Cathay Pacific was also voted "Best Airline Based in Asia" and "Best Transpacific Airline" in OAG's awards based on its poll of business travellers. The "Airline of the Year" is chosen from the winners of the eight "Best Airline Based in ¡K" categories making Cathay Pacific truly a leader among its peers.

The awards are among the most valued and respected of in the industry, "representing the views of the most frequent travellers," says OAG. "Independent and unbiased, the awards recognise airlines' ability to deliver the promises made by the marketing and advertising departments. It is for this reason that the OAG Airline of the Year Awards are held in such high esteem."

OAG Chairman Eddie Bell said: "Congratulations to Cathay Pacific for delivering excellence, both in the air and on the ground. The awards are public affirmation of both the product and service Cathay Pacific delivers. Not simply a snapshot taken on a particular day, they reflect the airline's overall performance, throughout the year."

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen said: "As the airline of Hong Kong, we are honoured to be presented with this award and owe much to the can-do spirit of the Hong Kong people which drives everyone in Cathay Pacific to always do better. The guidance of our board, the excellence of all who work at Cathay Pacific and the support of our partners and customers made this award possible. To be named OAG 'Airline of the Year' during our diamond anniversary year is the jewel in the crown and highlights our commitment to make our service truly sparkle."

Cathay Pacific beat off competition from more than 40 airlines nominated in 16 regional and global categories.

The OAG "Airline of the Year 2006" award is the fourth consecutive Airline of the Year accolade won by Cathay Pacific in the past two years. It was named "Airline of the Year 2005" in the world's biggest passengers poll conducted by Skytrax, last October was voted "Airline of the Year" by readers of trade magazine TTG Asia, and in January this year was named "Airline of the Year 2006" by Air Transport World magazine.