Etihad Wins Big at Skytrax Annual Awards

Etihad Airways has landed all three First Class titles at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2012. 

The hat-trick of awards picked up by the Abu Dhabi-based airline are:

  • Best First Class
  • Best First Class Seats
  • Best First Class Catering

Etihad Airways has now won the Best First Class title for three consecutive years. The First Class accolades follow the airline’s previous successes in the Skytrax Best Business Class awards which confirms the airline’s leading premium product position. 

The prestigious awards, one of the leading rankings and benchmarks in the airline industry, were presented at the Skytrax World Airline Awards ceremony held on 12 July, at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK. 

In recent years, the airline has won Skytrax awards for its onboard Food and Beverage Managers in Business Class; for its Poltrona Frau luxury leather First Class seat; and now, following the introduction of onboard First Class Chefs, it has won all three First Class award categories.

The Skytrax World Airline award winners come from the votes and findings of a 10-month survey of approximately 18 million air travellers from more than 100 countries.

Etihad Airways received praise at the Skytrax 2012 awards for offering a five-star, restaurant-style service in its Diamond First Class cabins. This has been achieved through the introduction of a personal Onboard Chef who prepares dishes based on a passenger’s individual taste and preference.

The First Class Chefs complement Etihad Airways’ Food and Beverage Managers, who are dedicated to service in the airline’s Pearl Business Class cabin. The Chefs and Food and Beverage Managers are recruited globally from top-rated hotels and restaurants and drive the airline’s multi award-winning Inspired Service onboard program.

Supporting Etihad Airways’ goal to offer its customers the freshest, healthiest and tastiest in-flight cuisine, the airline has recently started serving its own produce from Abu Dhabi Organics Farms as part of its Diamond First Class Mezoon Grille menu.