05 Oct 2015 10:00
Etihad Airways has been named Best Airline – Business Class at the 26th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2015.
award, voted for by the readers of TTG Asia, TTG China, TTG India, TTG mice,
TTG-BT Mice China, TTG associations and TTG Asia Luxury, was presented to the
airline at a gala ceremony in Bangkok last week.
Chief Commercial Officer at Etihad Airways, said: “We are delighted to have
been recognised by TTG and the travel trade in the Asia Pacific region, who
have voted Etihad Airways as ‘Best Airline – Business Class’.
“The Best Airline –
Business Class award is an especially important accolade for Etihad Airways
because of the highly competitive aviation landscape in the region.
new Business Studios on our fleet of A380s and B787 Dreamliners, in particular,
have redefined luxury air travel by offering an unprecedented level of style,
comfort and hospitality that sets a whole new benchmark for business class
Mr Baumgartner added: “Our travel trade partners
are key to Etihad Airways’ success in the region and we are indebted to them for
the unwavering support they have given the airline
since we commenced flights to Bangkok, our first Asian destination, in April
Etihad Airways offers the travel trade a range of
educational, sales support and reward and recognition programs. These include a
dedicated travel trade portal, a rewards-based incentive program called
‘SuperSeller’, travel agent famils and other localised trade marketing
Business Class guests on all Etihad Airways
wide-body flights enjoy fully flat beds, with guaranteed direct aisle access.
Inflight, dedicated Food and Beverage Managers, handpicked from some of the
world’s best establishments, oversee an extensive ‘dine anytime’ a la carte and
snack menu. On ultra-long-haul flights, the airline offers a full turndown
service, amenity kits, cotton loungewear and slippers. On the ground, guests
have access to airport lounges and chauffeur-driven limousine services at more
than 40 locations worldwide. The premium lounge in Abu Dhabi features a Six
Senses Spa and Style and Shave by Etihad facility, both offering a range of
services, including a selection of complimentary treatments.
The TTG Travel Awards
have been recognising the best of the Asia Pacific’s travel industry since
1989. This prestigious annual event honours organisations and individuals in
four categories: Travel Supplier, Travel Agency, Outstanding Achievement and
Travel Hall of Fame.
The Best Airline –
Business Class award is determined against several performance criteria:
providing the best product and service,
schedules and network; agent friendliness in terms of reservations,
confirmations and commission; and the professionalism of the airline’s sales
and marketing team.
Etihad Airways’ success at this year’s TTG Asia
Awards follows a succession of triumphs for the Abu Dhabi-based airline already
this year. These include Airline of the Year at the TTG awards in the UK in
September; Best Airline, Best First Class and Best Arrivals Lounge at the
Australian Business Traveller Awards in August; the World Travel Awards Middle
East for Middle East’s Leading Airline, Middle East’s Leading Airline - First
Class, and Middle East’s Leading Cabin Crew in May; the Crystal Cabin Award for
its innovative A380 upper deck cabins at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in
Hamburg; and the PAX International awards for Best New IFE/Connectivity Launch
by an Airline and Best Inflight Duty Free Program.