05 May 2014 13:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been named the Middle East’s Leading Airline for the eighth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards Middle East.
prestigious accolade was one of three awards won by Etihad Airways at a special
gala ceremony last night in Dubai. The airline was also named the Middle East’s
Leading Airline – First Class and the Middle East’s Leading Cabin Crew.
World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to celebrate excellence in travel
and tourism, with industry professionals and travel consumers voting for the
winners. Described as the Oscars of the travel industry by the Wall Street
Journal, winners are initially selected at six regional ceremonies, including
the Middle East event, followed by a year-end global finale.
of qualified votes for the World Travel Awards 2014 global program is expected
to be a significant increase on last year’s tally, which was over 530,000, with
25 per cent of this total originating from industry professionals and 75 per
cent from travel consumers.
Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “On the
back of another milestone year for Etihad Airways, we are delighted that the
travel and tourism industry has voted us the Middle East’s Leading Airline, the
Middle East’s Leading Airline – First Class and the Middle East’s Leading Cabin
Crew at the 2014 World Travel Awards Middle East.
awards are testament to our customer-centric approach, with guests placed at
the heart of everything we did last year. Our service enhancements in 2013,
from the launch of our Flying Nanny service to the continued rollout of Wi-Fi
internet and live television across our fleet, highlight a commitment to
delivering best-in-class products and services.”
airline launched its ground-breaking A380 and B787 product and service offer
yesterday at the Etihad Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi. This is another example
of the continued commitment to excellence, as recognised by the World Travel
Awards,” Mr Hogan said.
year also saw Etihad Airways achieve its third consecutive net profit, up 48 per
cent to US$62 million, underpinned by record passenger numbers, freight volumes
E. Cooke, World Travel Awards President & Founder, said: “This is another fantastic achievement for
Etihad Airways. Over the past decade the carrier has grown from a regional
player into a global powerhouse and this achievement has again been recognised by the
voters of World Travel Awards. The airline’s strategy of organic growth and
savvy partnerships, coupled with an unrivalled commitment to quality and
service, has delivered record results and soaring passenger growth. The airline
looks forward to another record year in 2014.”
The success at the World
Travel Awards follows another triumph for the airline this week. At the 2014 Business Traveller Middle
East Awards, also held last night, Etihad
Airways took home the titles for Airline with the Best Economy Class and
Airline with the Best Frequent Flyer Program.