10 Jan 2014 15:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has won the prestigious Airline Market Leadership Award at Air Transport World magazine's 40th Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards.
The Airline Industry Achievement Awards program, based in the United
States, was created in 1974 to recognise excellence across a broad section of
airline operations and is widely considered as one of the most coveted in the
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer said:
“This award is testament to Etihad Airways' continued operational excellence,
innovation and policy of sound strategic investments across the entire
“We have a firm commitment to our stakeholders to make Etihad Airways
the best airline in the world and 2014 is set to be another milestone year for
us with the launch of flights to Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth, as well as
taking delivery of our first A380 and B787 aircraft. We are delighted to start
the year with such recognition."
ATW Editor-in-Chief Karen Walker said: “Etihad Airways has delivered
another year of double-digit growth, based on a long-term vision and strategy
that has seen it become the fastest-growing, full-service airline in aviation
“Etihad’s innovative partnership strategy has challenged the alliance
norm as the industry knows it. Etihad has built more than 40 codeshare
relationships and taken minority equity stakes in selected airlines, creating
the largest network of any Middle East carrier.
“It has developed from being an airline to becoming a wide-ranging
aviation and travel business, with new revenue-adding business streams.
"Under the leadership of president and CEO James Hogan, Etihad’s
executive team has delivered on a business strategy of ambitious growth while
bringing the airline to profitability by 2011, just eight years after its
In 2013 James Hogan received the Executive Leadership award at the
Airline Strategy Awards in the United Kingdom.
Etihad Airways was named ‘World’s Leading Airline’ for the fifth
consecutive year at the World Travel Awards in 2013.
Last year the airline was also named Global Traveler’s Airline of the
Year as well as sweeping the board in the Skytrax First Class category.