The ERA Airline of the Year Award was introduced in 1991 and has since grown to become the most widely recognised industry award in this sector. The aim of the award is to recognise the best overall achievement by an ERA member airline over the previous 12 months. It also provides a significant opportunity for the winner to raise
their profile in the international air transport industry. In 2000, the Airline of the Year Award was extended to incorporate Gold, Silver and Bronze accolades.
Founded in 1980, ERA is the principal body representing the interests of the intra-European air transport industry in Europe. It is an association of over 200 companies, representing the entire industry, including airlines, airports and associate and affiliate members comprising aircraft and engine manufacturers, international and regional airports, and avionic suppliers and service providers. ERA’s Airline members are operating in 32 countries and carry over 70 million passengers annually. Estonian Air joined ERA in December 2011.
AS Estonian Air, Estonia’s national carrier, provides both business travellers and tourists direct air link from Estonia to European cities. Estonian Air is the biggest operator at Tallinn Airport. Estonian Air focuses on improving the connection between Estonia and the rest of the world with the aim of increasing competitiveness as a network carrier hub. The airline flies currently to 20 destinations in Europe, Scandinavia and in CIS.
Estonian Air was recently chosen among the top 5 airlines in Northern Europe by Skytrax. In November 2011 in Miami, USA, Estonian Air’s social media loyalty programme AirScore won a Mega Award in the category of the Best Social Media Campaign.