Etihad Airways has been named the ‘World’s Leading Airline’ for the seventh consecutive year at the annual World Travel Awards.

The event was held before an audience of industry figures and international media at the Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, located in the Atlantic port city of El Jadida in Morocco.

The airline also picked up ‘World’s Leading First Class’, ‘World’s Leading Inflight Entertainment’, and ‘World’s Leading Cabin Crew’’ awards.

The recognition follows the launch of airline’s The Residence, a uniform rebranding, a new look for the carrier’s planes and a campaign fronted by Hollywood star Nicole Kidman.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: “This is a great reward for the monumental efforts all of us at Etihad Airways have put into making our young and progressive company a global leader in innovation, hospitality and style. We remain committed to transforming air travel by continuously investing in the best people, products and technology and, in doing so, developing a highly acclaimed airline brand into the undisputed provider of superior flying experiences in all cabins of service.”

Graham E Cooke, World Travel Awards founder, said: “Our international voters have recognized the United Arab Emirates’ flag-carrier’s commitment to luxurious travel and acknowledged Etihad Airways’ ambition to redefine how airlines operate in the 21st century.”

Saudi Arabia’s Al Faisaliah Suites took Worlds Leading Luxury Suites Hotel and World’s Leading Hotel Penthouse, while InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort was recognized as the World’s Leading Luxury Resort.

The title of World’s Leading Tourist Attraction went to the Las Vegas Strip, and in the technology sector, Atlantis, Paradise Island, took the title of World’s Leading Hotel Website.


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