British Airways has been named Airline of the Year at one of the aviation industry\u2019s most prestigious award ceremonies.\u00a0 CAPA\u2019s annual Global Aviation Awards for Excellence\u00a0was held\u00a0in Malta\u00a0yesterday\u00a0evening\u00a0(December 5, 2019). CAPA - Centre for Aviation, is one of the world\u2019s most trusted sources of market intelligence for the aviation and travel industry. Judges awarded\u00a0British Airways\u00a0the\u00a0headline\u00a0title\u00a0of the night\u00a0in recognition of its continuing commitment to innovation, investment in new aircraft, renewal of its existing cabins so that they look and feel new, its\u00a0new and redesigned\u00a0lounges, new dining across all cabins, new bedding and amenity kits,\u00a0industry-leading, streaming\u00a0onboard\u00a0WiFi\u00a0and\u00a0access to\u00a0power at every aircraft seat. Speaking at the event,\u00a0CAPA Chairman Emeritus Peter Harbison said: \u201cBritish Airways was famously the world\u2019s favourite airline in the 1990s and it has taken some tough decisions to maintain its market position against increasing competition. Under the leadership of CEO and Chairman Alex Cruz, British Airways has not been afraid to adopt new ticketing practices, service levels and is now among the frontrunners of distribution change and technology adoption - at the same time as achieving an industry-leading ROIC. It is certainly "100 not out" for one of the world\u2019s most famous airline brands.\u201d\u00a0\u00a0 British Airways' Chairman and CEO Alex Cruz said: \u201cOn behalf of everyone at British Airways, we are truly honoured to accept this award. In this, our centenary year, we have much to celebrate from our past and much to look forward to for the future. We pioneered the first commercial passenger flight as Air Transport and Travel Limited starting with just one route to Paris. Since then, we have\u00a0lead\u00a0from the front, introducing innovative products such as the first lie-flat Business Class seat, operating the first jet-engine aircraft across the Atlantic, and flying customers at twice the speed of sound on Concorde.\u00a0\u00a0 "We\u2019re now transforming British\u00a0Airways\u00a0so we are fit for the future. We are investing \u00a36.5 billion in new, more efficient aircraft, introducing new products, innovating with technology and we are committed to net zero emissions by 2050. British Airways has a proud history of taking Britain to the world and bringing the world to Britain, and that is set to continue for years to come.\u201d\u00a0 Other airline winners included\u00a0airBaltic\u00a0(Regional\u00a0Airline\u00a0of the Year), LOT (AirlineTurnaround\u00a0of the\u00a0Year) and Spirit Airlines (Low-cost\u00a0Airline of the\u00a0Year).