16. 01. 2006 - Czech Airlines Awarded by the American Travel Community

Prague, January 16, 2006

Once again, Czech Airlines has won the 'Best Airline in Eastern Europe' Award given out annually by the prestigious American Global Traveler magazine. Especially the high level of passenger service on CSA flights was rated positively by the American travel community. The annual Global Traveler Tested Awards ceremony will be held at the Grand Hyatt luxury hotel in New York on January 17.

"The fact that Czech Airlines has won this prestigious award for the second year in a row is an important message to our current and future customers. It proves that we always pay attention to the quality of our service and the safety of our flights. And it also indicates our success in pursuing our strategy of becoming the bridge between the East and the West," said Jaroslav Štěpánek, CSA's Executive Director for Sales and Marketing, who will be accepting the award in New York on behalf of CSA.

The SkyTeam Alliance was named the '2005 Best Airline Alliance'. CSA has been a member of SkyTeam since 2001. Besides CSA, another of the alliance's member carriers – Air France – has also won an award this year, being selected by the magazine's readers as the 'Best Transatlantic Airline'. 

"Averaging about 32 roundtrip flights per year, Global Traveler readers make up part of the core business and luxury travel market,” said Francis X. Gallagher, publisher and CEO of Global Traveler.“ This market benefits from the expanded worldwide access SkyTeam offers as a result of the alliance’s significant growth – in terms of members and network – over the past year. This growth, along with the individual recognition CSA Czech Airlines and Air France received in this year’s survey helped SkyTeam win 2005 Best Airline Alliance."
The survey conducted by Global Traveler magazine, which specializes in the international rating of services provided by airlines, airports and accommodation providers, was held between February and August 2005. The magazine, which is distributed throughout the US, has roughly 60,000 subscribers. 

More information about the survey can be found at www.globaltravelerusa.com.

Jitka Novotná,
CSA Spokesperson  

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Czech Airlines (CSA) – the largest national carrier among the new EU member countries according to number of transported passengers. In 2005, the airline transported a record of more than 5  million passengers.  Since 2001, it has been a member of SkyTeam, one of the leading global airline alliances. CSA currently offers connections to 119 destinations in 52 countries worldwide.   The fleet contains 50 aircraft – ATR 42’s/72’s, Boeing 737’s and Airbus A310/A320/A321’s.

In January 2005, the airline won the American magazine Global Traveler (Annual GT Tested Awards) “Best Airline in Eastern Europe” Award.  For a second year running, Czech Airlines was selected as “Best Airline Based in Central/Eastern Europe” by the OAG (Official Airline Guide, London) and was also on the shortlist of the eight best airlines for the year 2005.

Czech Airlines has always prided itself on its involvement in the support of non-profit projects and cultural events. Among the most important are the “Under the Wings of CSA” programme for teaching English to children from Czech children’s homes, support for the Czech Paralympic team, and cooperation in organizing the Prague Spring Music Festival.