11 Feb 2015 12:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has clinched top honours at the 2015 Aviation 100 Awards, organised by Airline Economics magazine.
awards are voted for by the industry and recognise outstanding achievement in
the aerospace sector, with Etihad Airways claiming the coveted ‘Airline of the
The awards follow a
milestone year, which saw the national flag carrier quantum leap its level of
growth, innovation and service. In 2014
the airline launched 10 new routes including three in North America, and
injected significant investment into new equity partnerships.
Last year, Etihad
Airways also revealed a brand new look with new livery, uniforms and onboard
offerings, with its first-of-kind ‘Residence by Etihad’™ concept changing the
face of luxury commercial air travel. The Aviation 100 awards join a growing
list of acclaimed international accolades won by Etihad Airways – testament to
the airline’s unprecedented scale of achievement since launching in 2003.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways said: “We are immensely
proud that the achievements we made in 2014 have been recognised by our peers
in the industry. These awards remind us of the significant progress the airline
has made in such a short space of time.
“A pivotal year in
the history of the airline, 2014 saw us spearhead new opportunities for the
industry. We are looking forward to future accomplishments in 2015 and beyond
as we continue to grow, with support of our employees, our equity partners and
Tozer-Pennington, Managing Editor of Airline Economics, said: “The Aviation 100 Awards are the
airline industry’s largest votes-based awards with over 11,000 professionals
voting over a period from October 2014 to January 2015. In the case of the
Airline of the Year Award, votes from banks, lessors, investors, law firms,
analysts, manufacturers and airline senior executives decide which airline team
has been best-in-class during 2014.
Airline of the Year vote recognises performance in fleet and financial
management and execution of business plan - which in the case of Etihad Airways
also takes into account its amazing ability to expand at very little cost into
key markets across the globe in 2014.