Ah, wait. I gave some wrong information.
Here is the official press release from WAEA.com (it's actually the World Airline Entertainment Association):
UNITED AIRLINES NAMED "TOP AIRLINE" FOR INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, SEPTEMBER 22, 2000 — Among the world's passenger airlines, United Airlines offers the "Best Overall" inflight entertainment, according to a 20-member international media panel that evaluated inflight audio, video and print entries from 52 leading passenger airlines worldwide. British Airways ranked number two; Virgin Atlantic Airways ranked number three.
Sponsored by the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA), the "AVION Awards," now in its 12th year, honors excellence in several categories of airline inflight entertainment, covering audio, video, and inflight magazines. The 2000 winners are:
Best Inflight Magazine: Virgin Atlantic Airways
Best Inflight Entertainment Guide (Within the Magazine): Royal Brunei Airlines
Best Inflight Entertainment Guide (Separate from the Magazine): United Airlines
Best Single Inflight Audio Program: Varig Brazilian Airlines
Best Inflight Audio Entertainment: Airline Management Partnership Swissair/Sabena
Best Instructional Video: British Airways
Best Single Special Purpose Video: Virgin Atlantic Airways
Best Video "Magazine" Style Program: KLM Royal Dutch Airways
Best Single-Channel Video Programming: Continental Airlines
Best Multi-Channel Video Programming: Northwest Airlines
Best Overall Inflight Entertainment
Winner: United Airlines | 1st Runner-Up: British Airways | 2nd Runner-Up: Virgin Atlantic Airways
The 20-member international judging panel included: Jo-ed Griffith (Program Placement Manager, United Paramount Network, Los Angeles); Ron Simon (TV Curator, The Museum of TV & Radio, New York), Tom Gomes (President, Successo CD/Show Business Guia Internacional Magazine, Sao Paulo, Brazil), Chantale Routhier (National Sales Manager, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Toronto), David Saltz (Executive Producer, "ABC IN CONCERT," New York), Mark Marone (Modern Rock Chart Manager/Columnist, Billboard Magazine, New York), Larry Summerville (Chief Executive, More FM Radio, Auckland, New Zealand), Roberta Chin (Vice President, Golden Harvest Films, Hong Kong), and Robert Matheu (Photographer, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Los Angeles).
The inflight entertainment offerings were judged for "originality," "suitability," "production value," "content," and "balance."
The winners were announced Friday night, September 22, 2000 at the WAEA 21st Annual Conference and Exhibition, held this year in Anaheim, California, USA. The black-tie ceremony capped the week-long, international "market place" for passenger airlines and their inflight entertainment/ communications suppliers.
Founded in 1979 as a nonprofit organization, the WAEA is the official worldwide network representing over 100 airlines and over 250 airline suppliers committed to excellence in inflight entertainment and communications and the continual improvement of the airline passenger environment.
For more information on the AVION Awards (including Runners-Up in each category), the WAEA, and the inflight entertainment industry, visit the WAEA website at www.waea.org. # # #