On November 30, the high-profile World Travel Awards (WTA) held its World-Class Awards ceremony at La Cigale Hotel Doha in Qatar. Hainan Airlines Company Limited ("Hainan Airlines") was honored with the "World’s Leading Economy Class" award, on the heels of winning the "Asia’s Leading Airline Economy Class" award last month.

WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge and reward the world’s leading players across the tourism sector. The awards are regarded globally as the highest accolade in the sector and have been called "the Oscars of the travel industry" by The Wall Street Journal. WTA sets awards for all regional categories, and winners are selected based on votes cast globally by industry professionals and consumers online. It is one of the most prestigious awards programs in the tourism industry. This time, Hainan Airlines distinguished itself from the world’s 12 other leading airlines, including British Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

"We know that the award is the recognition and appreciation by industry professionals and consumers worldwide for the quality of Hainan Airlines’ economy class services. We will continue our commitment to high-quality air services, and hope Hainan Airlines can become the first choice of an ever greater number of travelers," Joel M. Chusid, Executive Director of Hainan Airlines in the United States, said in his acceptance speech. Since its inception in 1993, Hainan Airlines has, through a proactive and innovative approach, been dedicated to making passengers feel welcome on its airplanes and assuring them the most comfortable travel experience through its high-quality services by adopting the best practices from a long tradition of Oriental hospitality.

World Travel Awards President and Founder Mr Graham E. Cooke said: "It is no surprise our voters have recognized Hainan Airlines as a global leader in the aviation sector; their success is richly deserved and it would be no surprise if we were to hear a great deal more from them here at World Travel Awards in the future."

In addition to the award by WTA, Hainan Airlines recently won the International Travel Catering Association (ITCA)’s Mercury Award in the On Board Service category. "Cherished Experience". Hainan Airlines demonstrates its excellence through the gaining of these highly coveted awards. The airline continues to garner greater visibility and popularity worldwide through its actions and achievements. 

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