08 Dec 2016 09:00
New Delhi, INDIA – Etihad Airways’ excellence in service and hospitality has been recognised once again with the Abu Dhabi-based carrier winning the Best International Airline Award at the annual Condé Nast Traveller India Readers' Travel Awards 2016.
national airline of the United Arab Emirates was presented with the accolade at
a prestigious awards ceremony attended by illustrious travel industry peers at
The Lodhi Hotel in New Delhi.
its sixth edition, the Condé Nast Traveller India Readers’ Travel Awards
recognise excellence across different sectors of the travel industry – from
airlines, hotels and cruise lines, to destinations, spas and luxury resorts.
latest honour comes in the same week as Etihad
Airways won the world’s leading airline award at
the World Travel Awards for the eight consecutive year during a glittering
ceremony in the Maldives.
Etihad Airways’ renowned dedication to innovation, quality service
and comfort was recognised in the Condé Nast readers’ poll carried out over two
months. The airline was singled out for its revolutionary and best in-class
innovative designs, together with offering a superior customer experience.
is one of Etihad Airways’ key markets, operating 252 scheduled flights a week with
strategic partner Jet Airways from 15 cities across the country to Abu Dhabi,
with onward connections to destinations worldwide.
Bhatia, Etihad Airways Vice President Indian
Subcontinent, said: “It is a great honour for Etihad Airways to be
recognised by travellers for reaching these heights in one of the most
dynamic aviation markets in the world. This year has been extra special for us
in India as we introduced our flagship Airbus A380 with award-winning interiors
on the Mumbai – Abu Dhabi route.
Nast Traveller represents the world of luxury
and this award is testament to our world class product and service, as well as
our commitment to the India market, recognising the passion
and dedication of our employees here and globally.”
Airways and Jet Airways together fly one in five travellers
to and from India – the biggest combined market share of any international
carrier. Indian cities served are Ahmedabad,
Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode,
Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram.
Next year, Chandigarh, Kannur and Tiruchirappalli will be
introduced to the Etihad Airways / Jet Airways route network between India and
the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, taking the total weekly frequency linking both markets to 280
scheduled flights. With onward connections via Abu Dhabi to cities across the
Middle East, Europe, Africa and North America, as well as a large network offering in Asia and
Australia, Etihad Airways has become the airline of choice.
In May this year, Etihad Airways
introduced its A380 to the Indian market, operating a daily scheduled flight
between Mumbai and the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub. The A380 features Etihad Airways’
signature The Residence – the only three-room suite in commercial aviation –
nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios, and 415 Economy Smart Seats.
its inception in the US in 1989, the Conde Nast Traveller Readers' Travel
Awards have been widely regarded as the people’s choice awards. The prestigious
travel title has subsequently expanded its awards to sister publications around