Aviation Industry Awards – Europe 2019

This month, as part of Air Convention Europe, the Annual Aviation Industry Awards 2019 winners of the commercial aviation industry competitions were announced.

The event itself held in Vilnius, Lithuania on 16-18 September 2019 was well attended and included industry players Lufthansa, Boeing, Bombardier, Finavia, Air Canada Rouge and more. Reportedly, there were 150,000 votes cast for the thirty, second round finalists and overall, eight companies came out on top, with Air Italy and OSM taking home two awards each.

The ten awards on offer covered Business and Innovations within the industry and were awarded to influential industry players.

Business Awards

Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year – Air Italy

Air Italy accepted the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year award. They are the first airline in Europe to offer a third, non-binary gender option for passengers who do not define themselves as male or female.

Airport of the Year – George Best Belfast City Airport

George Best Belfast was the recipient of the Airport of the Year award, winning against prominent finalists Heathrow Airport and Toronto Airports Authority.

Best Long Haul Carrier – Lufthansa

Based on significant expansion and attraction of employees and clients, Lufthansa was successful in winning Long Haul Carrier of the Year.

Best Low Cost Carrier – Wizzair

Like the Long Haul category winner, Wizzair has shown significant expansion and attraction of employees and clients to win the Low Cost Carrier award.

Pilot Training Centre of the Year – OSM Aviation

Recognised for its efforts to offer promising career opportunities to graduates after finishing the training program, OSM won the Pilot Training Center of the Year award.

Innovation Awards

Aircraft Manufacturer of the Year – Airbus

Airbus won the aircraft manufacturer of the year, surpassing both Boeing and Bombardier.

Eco Product of the Year – SAS

SAS Scandinavian Airlines.

Innovation and Technology: Breakthrough of the Year – EuroAtlantic Airways – Transportes Aeros

EuroAtlantic Airways – Transportes Aeros outshone rivals FL Technics and Travelliance to take the Breakthrough of the Year award.

Most Captivating Marketing Project of the Year – Air Italy

Taking their second award for the evening, Air Italy won the Most Captivating Marketing Project Award for its sponsorship of Pride events in Sofia, Milan and Toronto in 2019.

Step Forward in Aviation Training – OSM

Also winning their second award, OSM received the Step Forward in Aviation Training award.


Wings Recruitment joins the industry in offering our congratulations to the winners of the Annual Aviation Industry Awards.

You can find more information on the Annual Aviation Industry Awards website.

Photo courtesy Annual Aviation Industry Awards.


By Anna Milne

Anna Milne of Wings RecruitmentAnna is the Recruitment Manager at WINGS Recruitment. She enjoys assisting pilots to find new and exciting roles within the aviation industry. 

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