LONDON – SimpliFlying, a leading airline marketing strategy consultancy, has announced the winners and highly commended airlines of the annual SimpliFlying Awards 2018.
Conducted every year since 2010, the esteemed SimpliFlying Awards acknowledge and award airlines for their exceptional work in digital and social media marketing. This year, best airlines were honoured in four business categories, including Best Use of Influencers, Best Airline In Launches, Best Airline in Social Care and Best Airline in Driving Revenue, along with two special categories for Best Small Airline and Best Overall Airline.
Canada’s WestJet and Iceland-based WOW Air and emerged as the most triumphant of the SimpliFlying Awards 2018 at the awards ceremony on 5th September alongside the Aviation Festival in London.
The award for Best Overall Airline 2018 was given to WestJet as it “continues to raise the bar in every category,” according to the judge Max Kingsley-Jones. WestJet enjoyed further success by winning major awards for the Best Use of Influencers and the Best Airline in Driving Revenue.
WOW air was honoured as the Best Small Airline 2018 for its continuously disruptive and low-cost digital marketing strategy.
“SimpliFlying Awards recognizes airlines on the cutting edge of marketing innovation. It’s heartening to see the likes of WestJet and WOW Air pushing the boundaries of airline marketing,” said Shashank Nigam, CEO, SimpliFlying.
WestJet also received the special honour of being inducted in the Hall of Fame for sustained excellence in social media marketing. This was the third time at the SimpliFlying Awards an airline has been inducted into the Hall of Fame, following American Airlines in 2017 and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in 2015.
“It was impressive to see how airline marketers are integrating their digital activities into the rest of the business and deploying digital tools in such an innovative, creative and measurable way, regardless of their size and business model,” admitted the judge Michelle Lee.
Each year, airlines are assessed on how they have demonstrated innovativeness, engagement and business impact in the past year by the highly-esteemed independent jury. The judging panel 2018 comprised stalwarts of airline and marketing, including Michelle Lee (CMO for Middle East Africa & Eastern Southern Europe at MetLife), Max Kingsley-Jones (Executive Director Content at FlightGlobal), Marcelo Franco (Global CMO of Easy Taxi), Ricardo Rivera (Director of Marketing and Innovation at Best Buy in Mexico) and Barbara Pezzi (Former Director of Search and Marketing Optimisation at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International).
A big round of applause to all SimpliFlying Awards 2018 finalists:
Best Use of Influencers: WestJet
Highly Commended: Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways
Best Airline in Driving Revenue: WestJet
Highly Commended: Aeromexico, flyadeal
Best Airline in Social Care: Etihad Airways
Highly Commended: Avianca, Volaris
Best Airline in Launches: Cebu Pacific
Highly Commended: flyadeal, Lufthansa
Best Small Airline: WOW air
Best Overall Airline: WestJet
Hall of Fame: WestJet
SimpliFlying Awards, first established in 2010, are the longest-running awards dedicated to recognising the best social media practices in the aviation industry. Airlines around the world are shortlisted and assessed by an external panel of distinguished airline and travel marketing stalwarts. Past award winners include KLM, Southwest, Air New Zealand, Turkish Airlines, American Airlines and more.
SimpliFlyingis the world’s leading aviation marketing consulting firm, having worked with over 95 airlines and airports in the last ten years. With teams based in Singapore, Spain, UK and Canada, SimpliFlying provides airlines with a global 24/7 support and helps airlines become remarkable.