Etihad Airways awarded Best First Class and Best Long Haul Airline Middle-East and Africa

The 2017 Airline Excellence Awards has named Etihad Airways as one of the premier airlines in the world. It has been given the distinction of the Best First Class and the Best Long Haul Airline Middle-East and Africa by Airline Ratings.com

Best First Class and Best Long Haul Airline in Middle-East and Africa
Best First Class and Best Long Haul Airline in Middle-East and Africa

Etihad, an Abu Dhabi-based airline company, is also included in the award-giving body’s global top 10 airlines. Geoffrey Thomas, AirlineRatings.com’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, said the airline company’s excellent staff and attention to excellence have ranked it among the world’s best. This is the third consecutive year that the website has named Etihad as one of their top  picks.


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“Winning an award from Airlineratings.com is already a feat in itself, “ Thomas said. “Etihad Airways has raised the bar by winning each category three years in a row now,” he added, noting that the airline company is also one of the very few that have been rated with a seven-star approval for both product and safety.

Etihad Airways First Class lounge
Etihad Airways First Class lounge

The airline company, on the other hand, is thrilled to receive such honors. According to Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, Peter Baumgarter, to win AirlineRatings.com’s 2017 Airline Excellence Awards for three consecutive years is a huge honor. He stressed that this distinction cements their position as a leader in the industry. They appreciate being cited for their hospitality, service, and products.

Baumgarter also said that the awards are a testament to Etihad’s commitment to engineering and excellence when it comes to operations. Safety, most especially, is the company’s first and foremost priority.

The awards from AirlineRatings.com comes on the heels of other awards for Etihad. The UAE company was also given a Skytrax Certified 5-Star Airline Rating.

This followed Skytrax awards for the World’s Best First Class Airline, World’s Best First Class Onboard Catering, and World’s Best First Class Airline Seat for its Airbus A380 First Apartment in July 2016.

Who is AirlineRatings.com

Airline Ratings was founded in 2013 and has carved a name for itself as an authority in airline safety and setting benchmarks in product ratings across the globe. The safety rating system it employs is adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization. The site has over 14 million visitors coming from 232 countries. Its editorial team monitors and screens airlines based on its strict guidelines of excellence.

About Etihad Aviation Group

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) is the controlling group behind Etihad Airways, Etihad Airways Engineering, Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners. Etihad Airways is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. The EAG also has minority investments in seven regional airlines including Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia and Darwin Airline.

Operating from Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways is one of the largest airlines in the world with over 120 aircraft. It has another 204 firm orders for 71 units of Boeing 787s, 25 units of Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s, and 10 A380s. It is currently serving or has announced plans to serve passenger and air freight the world over totaling more than 110 destinations in Europe, the Americas, Middle East, Asia, Australia and Africa.

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