Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Etihad Airways named World’s Leading Airline for 4th Consecutive Year!


Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Chief Commercial Officer, collects trophy

Etihad Airways has been named ‘World’s Leading Airline’ for the fourth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards. The national carrier of the United Arab Emirates received the accolade at a black-tie gala event in the Indian capital of New Delhi on a date that many would consider auspicious – 12/12/12.

Etihad also picked up a trophy for its Diamond First Class product, after being named the World’s Leading First Class.

Etihad President and CEO James Hogan described the award as “a fantastic way to round out what has been an exceptional year” for the airline.

“We have received this award for four consecutive years and every year we have sought to raise our standards even higher,” he added. “To receive the top industry award of World’s Leading Airline four years running indicates that we are consistently delivering to higher standards. We will continue to do so.”

The World Travel Awards, which have been called the “Oscars of the Travel Industry” by the Wall Street Journal, attracted a massive 650,000 votes this year, cast by travel professionals from 191 different countries around the world.

Etihad Airways wins World's Leading Airline 2012
Other finalists in the ‘World’s Leading Airline’ category included American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates Airline, Lufthansa Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

“As the fastest growing airline in the history of commercial aviation, Etihad Airways has expanded rapidly as a global business yet at the same time has consistently elevated the customer experience,” said Graham E. Cooke, World Travel Awards Founder & President. “Congratulations to Etihad Airways on their continued success.”

At the 2012 World Travel Awards Middle East, held in May in Dubai, Etihad Airways received four top awards for the region. The accolades included: Middle East’s Leading Airline; Middle East’s Leading Airline First Class; Middle East’s Leading Airline Inflight Entertainment; and Middle East’s Leading Cabin Staff.

The full press release for this story is available here.

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