WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--StudentUniverse, a Flight Centre Travel Group company and the world’s leading travel booking service for students and youth, today announced the winners of its second annual “Best Airlines for Students” awards. In addition to the five categories that airlines were awarded in last year, three new categories were introduced this year: The Best Airline for Students - Europe, The Best Airline for Students - North America and the Rising Star award, awarded to an airline that is emerging as a major player in the student travel space.
StudentUniverse works closely with more than 75 airlines globally to offer unique airfare pricing and terms to students and youth. The awards recognize airlines who are best serving students in specific markets, including the Trans-Pacific market, the Latin market and the South-Pacific market, overall and for group travel (booking for ten or more passengers traveling on the same itinerary as part of faculty-led programs or educational, study abroad and volunteer trips).
“The partners that we awarded as part of our ‘Best Airlines for Students’ awards program do more than just offer discounted flight content to students and youth, they truly understand how this segment travels, their preferences for travel at different times of the year and the kind of content that they need to offer student travelers as a result,” said Mike Cleary, Executive Vice President, StudentUniverse. “These airlines cater their programs to suit the needs of students and youth - including offering sale fares at specific times of the year and competitive one-way and bi-directional fares. We are proud to work with airline partners that go above and beyond for student travelers, and help us carry out our mission to make global experiences possible.”
Airlines were chosen based on the volume of bookings, year-over-year sales growth, the terms and pricing they offer to the student market and the extent to which they create special programs and fares that are conducive to the unique travel habits of students.
Our winners in the 2016 “The Best Airlines for Students” Awards by category are:
- The Best Airline for Students, Overall, Cathay Pacific Airways
- The Best Airline for Students, Trans-Pacific, Cathay Pacific Airways
- The Best Airline for Students, Latin America, LATAM Airlines
- The Best Airline for Students, South-Pacific, Virgin Australia
- The Best Airline for Students, Group Travel, Delta Air Lines
- The Best Airline for Students, Europe, oneworld
- The Best Airline for Students, North America, American Airlines
- The Best Airline for Students, Rising Star, Qatar Airways
“Cathay Pacific espouses a life well travelled, allowing travelers to expand their horizons and live life to the fullest. Student travel plays an integral and life-changing role for young people exploring the world and Cathay Pacific is honored to be named ‘Best Overall Airline’ and ‘Best Trans-Pacific Airline’ by the StudentUniverse community,” said Philippe Lacamp, Senior Vice President, Americas for Cathay Pacific. “ From the moment that students step on board their Cathay Pacific flight, they will enjoy a warm welcome from our award-winning cabin crew; world-class in-flight products, including on-demand entertainment with the latest blockbuster movies and full seasons of the most popular TV shows from around the world; delicious Asian and Western cuisine and our renowned cup noodles for mid-flight snacks. With six US gateways bringing passengers to Hong Kong and all across Asia, Cathay Pacific is proud to carry students as they embark on formative adventures that will shape their futures.”
StudentUniverse is the world’s leading travel booking service for students and youth. It offers exclusive pricing and terms on flights, hotels and tours through contracts with dozens of world-class partners and more than 75 airlines. Its Travel Services division handles client requests for groups and custom itineraries.
StudentUniverse launched in 2000 and was acquired by Flight Centre Travel Group in 2015. StudentUniverse is headquartered in Boston with offices in London, Toronto, New York and the Philippines. StudentUniverse believes that travel is essential to a modern education. Millions of students use the service every year. For updates on StudentUniverse, follow our corporate Twitter and blog.