Etihad Airways Wins ‘World’s Leading Airline’ At World Travel Awards


In a bid to show that it is in a class of its own, Etihad Airways has again won the ‘World’s Leading Airline’ award at the 23rd yearly World Travel Awards (WTA) in Maldives.

The award makes it the eighth consecutive year that the airline has won the prestigious award.

The event was held in the presence of industry’s leading personalities, hospitality stakeholders and international media at  Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Beach Resort in the Maldives.

Apart from winning the World’s Leading Airline’, the airline also got award for ‘World’s Leading First Class’.

The airline’s First Class service and hospitality offering has consistently been voted best in the world by leading publications, research consultancies and customer satisfaction surveys.

WTA are highly regarded by travel industry players, WTA voters both from within the hospitality industry and among the public at large.

Speaking on the awards, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, Peter Baumgartner 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.”

He continued, “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.”

Recalled that the airline has also won several awards for its First Class, the most recent being the World Travel Awards Middle East awards for ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline – First Class’, and ‘Middle East’s Leading Airport Lounge’ for its spectacular First Class Lounge and Spa at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Speaking at the award ceremony, WTA, 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” he added.


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