x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Etihad Airways named Middle East's Leading Airline for seventh year

The airline also won the Middle East's Leading Airline First Class and Middle East's Leading Cabin Crew.

Etihad has been on a rapid buying spree in the past two and a half years. Silvia Razgova / The National
Etihad has been on a rapid buying spree in the past two and a half years. Silvia Razgova / The National

Etihad Airways has scooped three major awards at The World Travel Awards, Middle East in Dubai - including the title of Middle East's Leading Airline for a seventh consecutive year.

The airline also won the Middle East's Leading Airline First Class and Middle East's Leading Cabin Crew.

"On behalf of the whole Etihad Airways' team, I am delighted to accept the title of Middle East's Leading Airline, said James Hogan, Etihad Airways' president and chief executive officer. "Everything we do is focused on giving our guests the best possible travel experience.

"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."

Dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as the 'Oscars of the Travel Industry', The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to reward best travel performance through the votes of leading global travel professionals.

"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.," Graham E. Cooke, World Travel Awards president and founder, said.

"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."

Last night's awards follow wins at the 2013 Business Traveller Middle East Awards, on May 5, where Etihad Airways won Airline with the Best First Class and Airline with the Best Frequent Flyer Programme.

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