NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's Air Transport World (ATW), the leading magazine serving the needs of the global airline and commercial air transport communities, announced today that Etihad Airways is the winner of its 2016 Airline of the Year award. ATW editors selected the Abu Dhabi-based national airline of the United Arab Emirates from a field of more than 100 global competitors.
The 2016 Airline of the Year award was announced during a reception hosted in New York this evening by Etihad Airways and its President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan. The award will be presented as the top honor at the 42nd annual ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards, to be held at a gala dinner on the eve of the Singapore Air Show on February 15, 2016.
The ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards recognize excellence across a broad range of airline operations and are widely considered as the most coveted in the aviation industry. To win ATW's Airline of the Year award, an airline must demonstrate exceptional achievements and capabilities across operations, financial performance, customer service, safety and labor relations. Its executive leadership must also clearly show innovation and strategic thinking that sets the company apart.
Etihad Airways was selected by ATW's editorial board for fast but thoughtful growth, consistently delivering against its targets and always thinking ahead. The airline was also applauded for its unique partnership strategy that is paying dividends; a willingness to be bold in equity tie-ups; its exceptional Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 cabin products that include The Residence by Etihad™, commercial aviation's only three-room suite in the sky available on the airline's fleet of A380s; and its strategy of developing ground-breaking strategic contracts with suppliers.
ATW also noted Etihad Airways' consistently diplomatic, dignified and assured response to the industry controversy on the Gulf carriers, demonstrating industry leadership beyond the company mandate. "In everything it does, Etihad shows there is a different way and a way to differentiate. I sincerely congratulate James and his team on their most deserving accolade," ATW Editor-in-Chief Karen Walker said.
"Etihad Airways is not about being the biggest – it is about being the best. It has been a long road to success but we have shown it is possible to change the aviation landscape. I thank ATW for this award, the most highly-regarded in our industry," Etihad's Hogan said.
Previous recent recipients of the ATW Airline of the Year award include Southwest Airlines (2015); Delta Air Lines (2014); ANA (2013); Air New Zealand (2012); and Emirates (2011).
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