Celebrating Excellence
23 ATW’s 39th Annual Industry Achievement Awards
24 Airline of the Year: ANA
28 Joseph S. Murphy Lifetime
Achievement: Jürgen Weber
30 Value Airline of the Year: Vueling
32 Regional Airline of the Year: Silver Airways
34 Airline Technology Leadership: Lufthansa Group
38 Airline Market Leadership: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
40 Aviation Technology Achievement: CTT Systems


Features
42 The Big Turnaround
How US airlines finally achieved profitability—even in a
slow economy.
By Aaron Karp

47 Faster, fancier
Automation and more upscale passenger facilities are among trends being adopted by US airports.
By Henry Canaday

53 Distribution Tail Wind
The move to change GDS business models is gaining momentum.
By Michele McDonald

57 All Aboard the Town Bus
Turboprop manufacturer sees sturdy and simple as way to go with next-gen aircraft.
By Alan Dron

5 Editorial
A Long Road Indeed
By Karen Walker

9 News Briefs

18 Analysis
Bumpy Ride
US consolidation and the AA-US Airways merger.
By Aaron Karp

63 Trends

71 Interview with Jürgen Weber
Former Lufthansa CEO, supervisory board chairman and STAR Alliance founder.
By Aaron Karp