KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines has scooped the Best Airline in Asia Award at this year’s Patwa International Travel Awards at ITB Berlin.
The International Council of Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (Patwa) awards recognise individuals and organisations that have excelled in promoting tourism across aviation, hotels, travel agencies, tour operators, destinations, government bodies and tourism ministries.
A secret jury comprising Patwa members, officials and mystery travellers judge the shortlisted names that meet the necessary criteria.
The nominees are evaluated on various pre-set standards with an extensive audit, as necessary.
The awards are now in their 18th year and have earned a reputation as one of the most coveted and sought-after awards in the travel industry.
Malaysia Airlines chief executive officer Izham Ismail said the award recognises a number of positive developments it has launched over the past two years, including new aircraft, products and digital innovations.
“It is testament to our commitment to offering passengers a fantastic experience both in the air and on the ground,” he said in a statement.
“We are enormously proud to accept the Best Airline in Asia Award from Patwa. I dedicate it to Malaysia Airlines’ employees who focus on delivering a world-class travel experience for our passengers every day,” he added.
As a “thank you” to its loyal guests, Malaysia Airlines is offering 25 per cent off on fares to selected destinations including Hong Kong and Sydney.
The offer is valid until midnight March 12 for travel between now and May 31 this year.