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Taiwan's CAL, EVA Air win Global Traveler Leisure Lifestyle Awards

Taiwan's CAL, EVA Air win Global Traveler Leisure Lifestyle Awards

Taiwan's two largest airlines -- China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Airways (EVA) -- have both earned 2016 Leisure Lifestyle Awards presented by Global Traveler, an American monthly magazine for business and leisure luxury travelers.

The award-winning design of CAL's new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft helped it win the award for Best Premium-Economy Class in this year's Leisure Lifestyle Awards.

"The cabin features seating with fixed backshell and front-sliding seat recline, 12.1-inch personal entertainment touchscreens, power outlets and USB ports, personal storage space and a reading light," Global Traveler said.

EVA Airways (EVA) won a Leisure Lifestyle Special Achievement Award for its Hello Kitty-themed aircraft, which was recognized as "Outstanding Customized Services."

"From check-in to on board, the entire experience is markedly unique by the ubiquitous presence of the popular Sanrio character -- found everywhere from the bathroom soap to the butter pats," said Global Traveler.

EVA launched its Hello Kitty-themed fleet in 2005, and now has seven aircraft with Hello Kitty livery, each with a different theme and name.

The aircraft serves a number of destinations from Taipei to Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Seoul, Shanghai, Bali, Houston, Guam and Paris.

For the fourth consecutive year, Global Traveler took a closer look at the world of leisure travel, recognizing the world's best leisure destinations, airlines, cruises, hotels, other travel providers and luxury goods to name the Leisure Lifestyle Award winners for 2016.

Starting in 2014, Global Traveler began selecting four brands that "raise the bar in the travel industry by bringing unique customized services, practicing environmentally friendly initiatives, continually innovating and looking to the future, and encouraging community involvement within their companies."

Those brands are honored with Leisure Lifestyle Special Achievement Awards.

This year, apart from EVA Air, Airbus was recognized for Outstanding Environmental Initiatives, Royal Caribbean International Seas for Outstanding Innovations, and Air Canada for Outstanding Social Responsibility.

Updated : 2021-06-13 11:43 GMT+08:00