It was a January luncheon in New York City, a rather small, intimate affair, that gave birth to the Air Transport World Industry Awards program. During that luncheon, ATW founder, publisher and editor Joe Murphy handed out 10 awards to airline executives from around the world. The Airline of the Year for 1974 was United Airlines. From the start, the ATW Awards program had credibility in the airline world. United President Edward E. Carlson attended that first luncheon to accept the award ...

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