The race to find the fastest airline in the world

Primary Sponsors Airline Sponsors Silver Sponsors

11:00hrs Saturday 3 September 2016

10km or 5km races

€50 (per runner)

September 2015: Runway 13R-31L, Budapest Airport: 920 runners took part in "The Race to Find the Fastest Airline in the World" and many other prizes for individuals and teams drawn for airlines, airports, and a full range of other aviation enterprises.

Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run 4.0 sponsored by Airbus: “The Race to Find the Fastest Airline in the World”, Budapest Airport Runway 13R-31L, 3 September 2016

The organisers of the air transport industry’s premier charity-sportive event – “The Race to Find the Fastest Airline in the World” – have announced that this year’s run will take place at 11.00 on Saturday 3 September 2016 on Budapest Airport’s 13R-31L. Runners from airlines, airports and enterprises across the aviation community will once again compete for a series of anna.aero-Budapest Airport "Golden Cake Trophies" including the key team prize of the “The Fastest Airline in the World.” After the prize-giving the race is followed by a superb barbecue on the terrace of Budapest Airport’s historic former Terminal 1 overlooking the re-opened runway.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is officially “The Fastest Airline in the World”

SWISS is the airline to beat after it soared to triumph last year, knocking reigning champions, Aer Lingus, off the podium and crossing the line ahead of all other 920 competitors.

Continuing its support of this year’s Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run 4.0, Airbus has confirmed it will once again be main title sponsor of the event, comprising two race distances – 10km (four runway lengths) and 5km (a distance favoured by sofa-loving revenue management executives). “Airbus is extremely proud to be the main sponsor and support the benefiting good causes of this leading sports charity event,” stated Chris Buckley – EVP Sales Europe, Airbus, who personally led a 12-strong team of enthusiastic runners down Budapest’s runway last year. Qatar Airways will be this year’s airline sponsor alongside Airbus, from which it has some 130 units on order. The sponsorship move follows Qatar’s intensifying interest at Budapest Airport where it recently raised frequencies from daily top 10-times- weekly.

Maciej Lenartowicz, Qatar Airway's Network Strategy Analyst will lead this year's QR team on his third Budapest Airport Runway Run. All entry fees – €50 after July 4 – are donated to cancer charities, and other child-focussed good causes. Every finisher also receives "The Bron's Medal" named for Brontë "Bron" Hogan, the anna.aero publisher's 12-year-old daughter, who passed away in 2011 after a five-year battle with leukaemia.

anna.aero - Budapest Airport "Golden Cake Trophies":

  • FASTEST
    male/female
  • FASTEST AIRLINE TEAM
    "The Fastest Airline in the World"
  • FASTEST AIRLINE CEO
    male/female
  • FASTEST AIRPORT CEO
    male/female
  • FASTEST AIRPORT TEAM
    "The Fastest Airport in the World"
  • MEDIA
    Fastest Aviation Media Team
  • CONCESSIONAIRES
    Fastest Airport Concessionaire Team
  • ENTERPRISES
    Fastest Aviation Enterprises Team
  • MILITARY
    Fastest Military Aviator Prize
  • A FINISHER'S MEDAL
    souvenir shirt, and gift bag for every entrant

What they said about Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run 3.0:

“I applaud our fine SWISS Corporate Citizens for both their sporting achievement, and for taking part in a significant industry charity initiative.”

Harry Hohmeister – CEO, SWISS, Fastest Airline Team 2015

“I really like the BUD Runway Run and not just because we won! We will spread the good spirit of this event and bring even more airlines to the race.”

Aino Bolliger – Team Captain, SWISS

“It was a pleasure to defend our championship, we’ll be back stronger and faster in 2016 to regain the title. Well done to the organisers in creating a wonderful event to attend.”

Stephen Kavanagh – CEO, Team Aer Lingus, Fastest Airline Team 2014

“I'm still enjoying the memories of the BUD run. It is a memory I'll never forget.”

Johan Schölvinck – InterVistas and ACI EUROPE Committee Chairman

“Many thanks for your passion and enthusiasm...I loved the event and had a beautiful day!”

Andrea Sarto – Operations Director, Trieste Airport

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Qatar Airways joins Airbus as sponsor of Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run

Qatar Airways joins Airbus as sponsor of Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run

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Airbus-sponsored Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run 4.0 draws in more runners at IATA Slot Conference in Hamburg

Airbus-sponsored Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run 4.0 draws in more runners at IATA Slot Conference in Hamburg

The Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run takes place on runway 13R-31L at 11:00 on Saturday 3 September 2016. The anna.aero team has been busy recruiting runners at the IATA Slot Conference. With Airbus as the main sponsor, the team has been building recognition and support for the leading sporting-charity event for the global aviation industry.

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Football legend endorses Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run 4.0…and it’s sponsored by Airbus!

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The Airbus-sponsored Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run has partnered with World Airline Road Race (WARR) host United Airlines to announce two vital sporting/industry networking events

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It's Airbus sponsored!!! Interest 'runs' high in Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run 2016

It’s Airbus sponsored!!! Interest ‘runs’ high in Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run 2016

The Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run team were at Routes Europe Krakow where interest ran high in this year’s annual air transport industry charity race which takes place at 11:00 on Saturday 3 September 2016 on Budapest Airport’s Runway 13R-31L.

SWISS and Aer Lingus go head-to-head in this year’s Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run 4.0 sponsored by Airbus

SWISS and Aer Lingus go head-to-head in this year’s Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run 4.0 sponsored by Airbus

The reigning “Fastest Airline in the World”, SWISS, has told anna.aero that it’s already drumming up interest to go head-to-head with previous champions, Aer Lingus, at this year’s Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run 4.0 sponsored by Airbus, taking place at 11:00 on Saturday 3 September 2016 on Budapest Airport’s 13R-31L runway.