Jet Airways and Qantas Airways have bagged the Jet Airways wins three Avion Awards for Best In-flight Entertainment. Sponsored by the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA), the Avion Awards, now in its 18th year, honours excellence in several categories of airline in-flight entertainment (covering audio, video, print, and interactive media), including ‘Best Overall’.
Jet Airways has won the Large Fleet, Small Fleet and Best Single In-flight Audio Program Awards. The Best Overall In-Flight Entertainment Award went to Qantas Airways Ltd, which also bagged the Best In-flight Entertainment Guide and Best Entertainment for Inseat Systems (full cabin) Awards.
Jetwings, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways, has been adjudged the second runner-up in the Best In-flight Magazine category. The magazine is published by Spenta Multimedia. The winner in this category was United Airlines, while KLM was the first runner-up.
The in-flight entertainment offerings were judged for ‘originality’, ‘suitability’, ‘production value’, ‘content’, and ‘balance’. The judges evaluated more than 160 samples of in-flight audio, video, print, and interactive media that appeared in commercial airline service during the period from June 1, 2005 to May 31, 2006, representing 42 passenger airlines worldwide. The ‘Best Overall’ ranking is determined by a composite score each qualifying airline receives based on that airline’s individual scores in key print, audio, and video categories.
The 23-member international judging panel included leading media executives, critics, producers, editors, and academics from Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Singapore, Sweden, the UK, and the US.
Founded in 1979 as a non-profit organisation, the WAEA is the official worldwide network representing nearly 100 airlines and more than 250 airline suppliers committed to excellence in in-flight entertainment and communications and the continual improvement of the airline passenger environment.