Etihad Airways, has been awarded the coveted title of ‘World’s Leading Airline’ for the sixth straight year at this year’s World Travel Awards (WTA).
In addition to winning ‘World’s Leading Airline’, Etihad Airways took home two additional awards for ‘World’s Leading First Class’ and ‘World’s Leading Cabin Crew’.
World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge excellence across the tourism industry and is recognised widely as a hallmark of quality.
The awards are decided through a global vote by more than 500,000 travel professionals and high-end tourism consumers from 171 countries, with the ceremony held this year on Anguilla in the Caribbean.
Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer James Hogan, said that Etihad is always striving to be the best across the board and the recognition supports the efforts made.
“Winning three of the industry’s highest accolades is a demonstration of our commitment to be best-in-class in every market in which we operate,” Mr Hogan said.
World Travel Awards founder and president Graham E. Cooke, said that for over 20 years, the World Travel Awards has been rewarding brands which push the boundaries of industry excellence.
“Etihad Airways has now taken home the World’s Leading Airline award for six years in a row – a tremendous achievement. The airline’s strategy of organic growth, codeshare partnerships and minority equity stakes coupled with exceptional customer service, has delivered outstanding results and rising passenger growth,” Mr Cooke said.
Etihad Airways’ success at the 2014 World Travel Awards reflects the achievements of a remarkable year for the airline.
In 2014 the airline unveiled its new Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner product and service offering, including The Residence by Etihad, the world’s first three-room suite.