06 May 2013 06:30
Etihad Airways has received the prestigious title of Middle East’s Leading Airline at the World Travel Awards Middle East, for a remarkable seventh consecutive year.
The accolade was one
of three awards won by the national airline of the United Arab Emirates during
the black tie event held at Dubai’s Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
was also recognised for the Middle East’s Leading Airline First Class and Middle
East’s Leading Cabin Crew.
World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to seek out and reward the very
best travel organisations in the world, acknowledging the elite organisations
in their respective fields through a global vote by travel professionals. The
World Travel Awards has achieved top industry status and been named by the Wall
Street Journal as the “Oscars of the Travel Industry”.
Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “On behalf
of the whole Etihad Airways’ team, I am delighted to accept the title of Middle
East’s Leading Airline. Everything we do is focused on giving our guests the
best possible travel experience.
growth, codeshares and equity stakes, we expanded our network to a total of 248
destinations across the globe in 2012, offering greater flexibility and choice
for our guests.
this expanding global network, we are continuously investing in innovation to
ensure our guests benefit from the latest advances in technology and design,”
example, saw the launch of our new ‘Etihad Wi-Fly’ inflight high-speed,
broadband internet and mobile phone connectivity service. We are progressively
rolling this service out and our entire fleet will be equipped with
connectivity by the end of 2014.
“We are also continuing to make significant investments in our premium
lounges, featuring a range of exclusive services designed to make the journey
more relaxing and enjoyable.
“The hallmark of Etihad Airways is the warm and generous hospitality
that is drawn from the traditional Arabian culture in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
and, of which, we are extremely proud,” Mr Hogan said.
Graham E. Cooke, World Travel Awards President & Founder,
said: “Etihad Airways has enjoyed the most impressive twelve months yet in its
10 year history. Its strategy of organic growth and savvy partnerships, coupled
with an unrivalled commitment to quality and service, has delivered record
results and soaring passenger growth.
“We congratulate Etihad Airways for winning ‘Middle East’s Leading
Airline’, ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline First Class’ and ‘Middle East’s
Leading Cabin Staff’ at World Travel Awards Middle East Ceremony 2013.”
success at the World Travel Awards follows another triumph for the airline this
week. At the 2013 Business Traveller Middle East
Awards, on May 5, Etihad Airways took home the titles for Airline with the Best First Class
and Airline with the Best Frequent Flyer Programme.
Achieved profitability for a
Purchased three equity stakes: 40
per cent in Air Seychelles; 10 per cent in Virgin Australia; and 2.987 per
cent in Aer Lingus. Along with its 29.21 per cent stake in airberlin and
24 per cent stake in Jet Airways, the six airlines together form the
world’s first airline equity alliance.
Increased fleet by six to 70
aircraft, enabling access to 86 Etihad Airways passenger and cargo
destinations, and 248 codeshare destinations.
Began flying to six new
destinations - Tripoli, Shanghai, Nairobi, Lagos, Ahmedabad and Basra. The
airline has also announced new flights to Washington, Amsterdam, Sao Paolo,
Belgrade, Sana’a and Ho Chi Minh City for 2013.
Increased frequency and capacity
of services to six cities - Dusseldorf, Bangkok, Kuwait, Dammam, Istanbul
Continued development of
codeshare relationships, now up to 43 partner airlines.
Began implementing the advanced SabreSonic
platform in preparation for the February 2013 launch.
Launched its new “Etihad Wi-Fly”
inflight high-speed, broadband internet and mobile phone connectivity
service, powered by the Panasonic Avionics Global Communications Suite.
This is the first deployment of the technology that will flow from a US$1
billion 10-year contract with Panasonic.
Acquired a majority stake in a
new entity incorporated to own airberlin’s topbonus frequent flyer
program. The entity forms part of a new global loyalty management company
established by Etihad Airways.