Etihad Airways collected four awards at the World Travel Awards Middle East held at The St Regis Dubai, which included being named The Middle East’s Leading Airline. The three other categories it won were for the Middle East’s Leading Airline - First Class, the Middle East's Leading Airport Lounge for its First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi International Airport and the Middle East’s Leading Cabin Crew.
Peter Baumgartner, chief executive officer, Etihad Airways, said: “These awards are about excellence in the travel and tourism industry, and since winning The Middle East’s Leading Airline award for the first time in 2006, our journey of excellence has been remarkable."
Etihad first received the prestigious award of The Middle East’s Leading airline in 2006, when it was just a 22 aircraft fleet with flights to 43 destinations and supported by a staff of 4,369. It has since grown immensely to a fleet of 123 aircrafts with flights to 117 destinations and nearly 27,000 staff.
Etihad is the only airline to offer the Residence, a three-room suite in the sky. The other first class offerings include the First Apartment aboard the airbus 380, the First Suite on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and First Class experiences on the A330, A340 and Boeing 777.
Baumgartner added: “It is also a major achievement to win the Middle East's Leading Airport Lounge following the opening in May of Etihad Airways’ First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi International Airport. What we now offer is quite simply the best airline hospitality experience in the world.”
The First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi International Airport includes an à la carte restaurant, cigar lounge, Six Senses Spa, fitness room, Style & Shave barbers, nail bar and a children’s play room.
2016 marks the 23rd year of the World Travel Awards, which celebrates excellence across key sectors of the travel and tourism industry. The Awards include six regional ceremonies, including the Middle East event, where winners are initially selected before progressing to a year-end global finale. Votes are casted by travel industry executives and travel consumers.