German carrier Lufthansa has been named Europe’s leading airline for the seventh time, cementing its reputation as the standard bearer at a major competition known as the Oscars of the travel world.
It’s also the fourth year in a row that Germany’s flagship airline has taken the award at the World Travel Awards Europe, which this year took place in Athens, Greece.
One of the features that sets Lufthansa apart from its rivals is the fact that the airline boasts the largest internet-enabled, long-haul fleet in the world, with 91 percent of its long-haul planes outfitted with wifi.
It’s the latest win for Lufthansa, which last month was named Best Western European Airline and Best Transatlantic Airline at the World Airline Awards in London.
For the World Travel Awards, 230,000 votes were cast by travel and hospitality professionals around the world.
Other major winners in the airline category include British Airways, which took the title of Europe’s leading airline to Asia; Virgin Atlantic Airways in the category of Europe’s leading airline to North America; and easyJet, for Europe’s leading low-cost carrier.
The continent’s leading airport, meanwhile, is the Zurich Airport in Switzerland.
In other transportation categories, Europcar took the title of leading rental car company, and Norwegian Cruise Lines the best in European cruises.
For the full list, visit http://www.worldtravelawards.com/winners2013-8.