19 Jan 2016 13:30
Etihad Airways has been named Business Airline of the Year at the 2016 Business Travel Awards. The ceremony was held last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane. The Business Travel Awards recognise the extraordinary achievements of the most deserving organisations and individuals in the business travel industry.
The awards, organised by Buying
Business Travel Magazine in the United Kingdom, were voted for by an independent
panel of travel experts. It is the first time that the national airline of the
United Arab Emirates (UAE) has won the award, adding to a list of prestigious
accolades recently collected by the airline, including the ‘Innovation in
Travel Award’ at the Globe Travel Awards, held in London last week.
James Harrison, Etihad Airways’ General
Manager UK, said: “It is fantastic to gain the recognition of the UK travel
industry and to win the coveted Business Airline of
the Year award.
“The UK is a significant market for the
airline and this year is especially important as we celebrate ten years of the
hugely successful Manchester - Abu Dhabi route. In 2016 we will also commence a
third daily A380 service from London Heathrow, which features the highly-acclaimed
The Residence. We are looking forward to providing even greater convenience and
connectivity for our guests in the year ahead.”
The coveted award was
presented to Etihad Airways for
its superior inflight services, which include the revolutionary new cabins and
products recently introduced on the airline’s flagship fleet of Airbus A380s
and Boeing 787 Dreamliners, in addition to the award-winning cabins on its
existing modern longhaul fleet of Airbus A330/A340 and Boeing 777 family
The new industry-leading cabins are the
result of a seven-year research and development program at the airline’s
Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi, led by the Etihad Design Consortium.
Etihad Airways benchmarks itself against the
world’s leading hotels and hospitality establishments and employs a unique,
varied and highly skilled crew complement on all its longhaul services,
including London Savoy-trained Butlers for guests staying in The Residence on
its A380 fleet, Chefs in First Class, Food and Beverage Managers in Business
Class and the celebrated Flying Nannies, who are trained by the famous Norland
College in the UK, and who are available to assist families travelling with
In the United Kingdom, the airline operates
luxurious Premium Lounges at London Heathrow and Manchester, in addition to its
flagship Premium Lounges and Arrivals Lounge in Abu Dhabi, and dedicated
Premium Lounges in Frankfurt, Dublin,
Paris, Sydney, Washington, D.C. and New York JFK.
Etihad Airways currently operates six daily services
into the UK, with direct routes to London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh,
which launched on 8 June last year. London Heathrow was chosen as the first
destination for the airline’s ground-breaking
Airbus A380 fleet, which was introduced into service at
the end of 2014, featuring The Residence – the world’s only private three-room
cabin on a commercial aircraft, nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios and
415 Economy Smart Seats.