StudentUniverse Announces Winners of Second Annual “Best Airlines for Students” Awards

Introduces Three New Award Categories; Honors Seven Airlines – Cathay
Pacific and American Airlines Win Across Multiple Categories and Four
Airlines Become Repeat Winners

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BestAirlinesforStudentsStudentUniverse,
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
(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
  • The Best Airline for Students, South-Pacific, Virgin
  • 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
  • The Best Airline for Students, Rising Star, Qatar

“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.”

About 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,
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Danielle Dougan, +1 617-321-3109
Relations Manager