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Etihad Airways Wins ‘World’s Leading Airline’ Award For Eighth Consecutive Year

December 6, 2016 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Etihad Airways has been named World’s Leading Airline for the eighth consecutive year at the 23rd annual World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2016 held in the Maldives last night.

The airline also received the award for World’s Leading First Class, adding to the long list of accolades from media organisations, research consultancies and customer satisfaction surveys worldwide for its First Class service and hospitality offering.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our commitment to rewriting the rulebook and transforming air travel is being recognised and rewarded year after year. We are proud to once again be receiving these two prestigious awards for what we believe to be the world’s finest airline experience.

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“The World Travel Awards is an ideal platform from which we can showcase the success of Etihad Airways and also the transformation of our home, Abu Dhabi, into a global hub of commerce, culture and style.”

Last night’s awards crown a momentous year for Etihad Airways, which has celebrated a series of coveted wins throughout 2016. These include the World Travel Awards Middle East accolades for Middle East’s Leading Airline – First Class and Middle East’s Leading Airport Lounge for its First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “Once again it is Etihad Airways that leads the way in global aviation.

“World Travel Awards voters, from both within the travel industry and among the public at large, have recognised the UAE flag-carrier as the best in the business for the eighth consecutive time. It is a richly deserved honour.

“My sincere congratulations to the entire team at Etihad Airways for their continued success and I hope to see them again as we begin our Grand Tour 2017.”

The World Travel Awards are widely regarded as the Oscars of the travel industry and hundreds of thousands of WTA voters, from the hospitality industry and the general public, cast more than 1.2 million votes during the Grand Tour 2016.

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