Garuda Indonesia Colours Magazine October 2014 - Page 186

184 News GARUDA INDONESIA WINS THREE PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS Ensuring the best service has successfully garnered Garuda Indonesia the recognition of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), which bestowed the international ‘Gold Award’ upon the airline in the ‘Service’ category. Two service concepts were recognised, the ‘Immigration on Board’ (IoB) service concept in the ‘Marketing – Carrier’ category, and the ‘Garuda Indonesia Experience’ service concept in the ‘Heritage’ category. The award was accepted by the EVP of Services at PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk., Faik Fahmi, at the PATA Awards 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on September 19, 2014. Prior to that award, on September 15, 2014, Garuda Indonesia was voted as ‘The Best Airline in Asia and Australasia’ for a second consecutive year at the Passenger Choice Awards 2014 held by the Airline Passenger Experience (APEX). The award was also accepted by the EVP of Services at PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk., Faik Fahmi, during the APEX Awards Ceremony held in Anaheim, California, USA. In addition to winning the ‘Best in Region’ category, Garuda Indonesia was also chosen as one of the ‘Top 5 Airlines with Best Cabin Ambience’ along with Virgin America, Austrian Airlines, El Al Israel Airlines and Air Transat. Garuda Indonesia was also included in the top 5 ‘Best Food and Beverage’ category together with Emirates, Turkish Airlines, El Al Israel Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines. The national airline also found a place on the ‘World’s Top 10 Airlines’ list, sitting at the number 7 spot, up one spot from last year. Garuda Indonesia also received the ‘World Craft Council Award 2014’ on September