SWISS wins to be “fastest airline in the world”

Airbus-sponsored Budapest Airport Runway Run takes place
Swiss International Air Lines is officially “the fastest airline in the world”, having won the air transport industry’s 10km charity race held annually on Runway 13R-31L at Budapest Airport.
SWISS beat the reigning champions Aer Lingus, but the IAG carrier achieved a second-place podium finish for both its team and individual runners.
The SWISS team took “the double” as team member Christian Mathys was the first to cross the line as “Fastest Aviator” with a flying time of 31.02 – a course record for four lengths of the runway.
The Airbus-sponsored Airport Runway Run took place on a specially-closed, normally very busy operational runway, which was reopened to traffic less than two hours after the event. Some 920 runners entered this year’s race, the third time Budapest Airport has staged the event.
Besides SWISS, teams and individual airline entries ranged from home-based carrier Wizz Air to Air Canada Jazz, Aeroflot, Air France, Brussels Airlines, Qatar Airways, SkyWest Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Finnair, Ethiopian Airlines, Monarch Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Emirates and last year’s defending champion Aer Lingus.
Small Planet Airlines’ Andreas Wobig was fastest airline CEO, finishing in 45 minutes, while Poland’s Wroclaw Airport beat a field of much bigger airports including Aeroporti di Roma, Toulouse, Manchester, Berlin, Munich and London-Heathrow to take the prize of ‘Fastest Airport’.
The allied prize, for Fastest Aviation Enterprise, was contested by several air transport-related companies, including title sponsor Airbus, and was won by the global duty free shop operator Gebr. Heinemann.
Entry proceeds go to the Suhanj! foundation in Hungary and the Anthony Nolan charity, which provides bone marrow transplants for leukaemia sufferers on a global basis.
TTG Nordic


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