Eithad Air­ways re­ceives Air Trans­port World’s Air­line of the Year 2016 Award

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Eti­had Air­ways, the Abu Dhabibased na­tional air­line of the United Arab Emi­rates, was pre­sented with the cov­eted Air­line of the Year 2016 award by the pres­ti­gious US-based avi­a­tion in­dus­try pub­li­ca­tion Air Trans­port World (ATW).

The ac­co­lade ac­knowl­edged Eti­had Air­ways' strong ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship team in de­vel­op­ing a prof­itable strat­egy of or­ganic growth and unique equity part­ner­ships; in­tro­duc­ing ground-break­ing prod­ucts and ser­vices; cre­at­ing the foun­da­tions for build­ing a mo­ti­vated work­force; and en­gag­ing in a diplo­matic, dig­ni­fied de­fence of its busi­ness model in the wake of fierce op­po­si­tion by US car­ri­ers. Eti­had Air­ways was cho­sen for the top hon­our by ATW's dis­tin­guished edi­to­rial board in a highly con­tested com­pe­ti­tion, with en­tries from more than 100 air­lines around the world. The award was pre­sented at a Gala Din­ner at­tended by in­dus­try peers at the 42nd edi­tion of the an­nual ATW Air­line In­dus­try Achieve­ment Awards on the eve of the Sin­ga­pore Air Show.

James Ho­gan, Eti­had Air­ways' Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, said: "This award recog­nises what we set out to do as an air­line 13 years ago - to be safe, prof­itable and sim­ply the best. "It is a re­flec­tion of our strengths - a ro­bust busi­ness model and in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and su­pe­rior ser­vice de­liv­ered by our 27,000 ded­i­cated em­ploy­ees. I am de­lighted to ac­cept this award on their be­half. As an air­line, we have of­fered a unique propo­si­tion to the trav­el­ling pub­lic and ex­panded our busi­ness to help shape the chang­ing global avi­a­tion land­scape."

To earn the top ac­co­lade, ATW said an air­line must demon­strate ex­cep­tional achieve­ments and ca­pa­bil­i­ties across its op­er­a­tions, fi­nan­cial per­for­mance, cus­tomer ser­vice, safety and em­ployee re­la­tions. The ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship team must also clearly show in­no­va­tion and strate­gic think­ing that sets the com­pany apart.

Karen Walker, Air Trans­port World Editor-in-Chief, said: "Eti­had Air­ways is clearly an air­line apart from the pack and one that sets its own course. It is a plea­sure to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of the Eti­had Air­ways team at the 2016 ATW Air­line Achieve­ment Awards in Sin­ga­pore. Eti­had is highly de­serv­ing of our top award, Air­line of the Year. James Ho­gan puts it best - it's not about be­ing the big­gest, it's about be­ing the best."

On prod­ucts and cus­tomer ser­vice, Eti­had Air­ways was de­scribed by ATW as be­ing bold and in­no­va­tive, high­light­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of unique Air­bus A380 and Boe­ing 787 cabin in­te­ri­ors as set­ting in­dus­try bench­marks. Th­ese in­clude The Res­i­dence - the world's first three-room on board apart­ment com­pris­ing a bed­room, lounge and en­suite shower.

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