18 Jun 2013 16:30
Etihad Airways has swept the Skytrax World Airline Awards’ First Class category, receiving all three awards, for the second year in a row.
The Abu Dhabi-based
airline took home the coveted title of Best First Class for the fourth
consecutive year, as well as taking home top honours for Best First Class Seats
and Best First Class Catering.
The awards, which are
voted on by travellers from more than 160 countries, were presented at the Skytrax
World Airline Awards ceremony today at the Paris Air Show.
Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “It is a huge accomplishment to
take home the top honours in every First Class category again, underlining our
leading premium product proposition.
“Etihad Airways has,
in just 10 years of operation, risen rapidly in the Skytrax rankings because we
are continually investing in innovative new product and service concepts. We
believe that world-class hospitality should not be limited to hotels and
restaurants, so we are elevating the travel experience by bringing the best of
hospitality to every touch point in the journey.
“The Skytrax World
Airline Awards represent a global benchmark for airline excellence because they
go straight to the source – the traveller. To be recognised and named by our
guests as the best in the world is an affirmation of the value of our unique
philosophy and innovation.”
continues to win global recognition for offering a five-star restaurant style
of service in its Diamond First Class cabins with personal inflight Chefs. The
Chefs use fresh organic produce, eggs and honey sourced locally from Abu Dhabi
Organic Farms to prepare dishes based on passengers’ individual taste and
First Class Chefs are
complemented by Food and Beverage Managers who are focused on delivering
inspired service in Pearl Business Class. Etihad Airways’ First Class Chefs and
Food and Beverage Managers are recruited from top rated hotels and restaurants
around the world, supporting the airline’s inspired service philosophy.
Edward Plaisted, CEO of SKYTRAX, said: “It has
been another fantastic year of achievement for Etihad Airways at the 2013 World
Airline Awards, and in scooping all of the First Class award categories, Etihad
Airways have demonstrated that they are truly world leaders in this premium
cabin. These awards represent passenger votes from across the world, and they
have chosen Etihad Airways as the world's Best Airline for First Class travel.”