03 Dec 2013 10:00
Abu Dhabi-based airline also wins Best First Class and Best Airport Lounges
Etihad Airways, the national
airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been named Airline of the Year by
Global Traveler (GT) magazine in the United States.
The publication’s Advisory
Board selected Etihad Airways for the prestigious title, with the airline also
winning the awards for Best Airline for First Class and Best Airport Lounges,voted
for by Global Traveler readers.
The Advisory BoardapplaudedEtihad
Airways for its superior levels of in-flight service that includea Chef in Diamond
First Class, a Food and Beverage Manager in Pearl Business Class, and the
airline’s renowned Flying Nanny.
Etihad Airways also received
praise for the impressive and rapid expansion ofthe airline’s network, fleet,
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’
President and Chief Executive Officer said: “The Global Traveler awards recognise
the very best that the travel industry has to offer and we are delighted that
in our tenth year of operations Etihad Airways has been chosen as the Airline
of the Year.
“The three Global Traveler awards
reflect the growing presence Etihad Airways has in the United States and that American
air travelersenjoy and appreciate the increased levels of service and
hospitality delivered by Etihad Airways in the air and on the ground.”
Etihad Airways currently flies
to Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Daily return flights between Abu
Dhabi and Los Angeles will start on June 1, 2014 with more US destinations to
Etihad Airways offers
Diamond First and Pearl Business Class guestsaccess to itsluxurious premium
lounge at Washington Dulles International Airport with other Etihad Airways
lounges set to open in the US in 2014.
Francis X. Gallagher,
Publisher and CEO, Global Traveler said: “Every trip I take with Etihad Airways
is enormously pleasurable and something I treasure and always look forward to.
“From personalised check-in
at the airport, dining in the premium lounge, boarding the aircraft, the
in-flight service and entertainment, and being driven away at the end in an Etihad
Airways limousine, every touch point is an exquisite experience.”
The Global Traveler success caps
a highly successful week for Etihad Airways with the airline being presented
with the World Travel Awards’ coveted titleof World’s Leading Airline for the
fifth consecutive year.
Etihad Airways also won the World
Travel Awards titles for World’s Leading Airline Cabin Crew and World’s Leading
Airline First Class.