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World Travel Awards: Etihad Airway and Hainan Airlines shine

The award ceremony of 2016 World Travel Awards (WTA) was held at the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, a five-star resort on Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, on December 2 local time, where Hainan Airlines received fo

The award ceremony of 2016 World Travel Awards (WTA) was held at the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, a five-star resort on Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, on December 2 local time, where Hainan Airlines received four awards: World’s Leading Airline — Business Class 2016, World’s Leading Airline Inflight Entertainment 2016, World’s Leading Cabin Crew 2016 and World’s Leading Excellence Inflight Service 2016.

Etihad Airways has once again collected the ‘World’s Leading Airline’ award at the 23rd annual World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2016. This marks the eighth consecutive year that the airline has received the prestigious accolade. Last night’s beachside event was held before an audience of the industry’s leading luminaries and international media at the idyllic Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Beach Resort in the Maldives.


Etihad Airways also received the award for ‘World’s Leading First Class’. The airline’s First Class service and hospitality offering has consistently been voted best in the world by leading publications, research consultancies and customer satisfaction surveys. The World Travel Awards are considered the Oscars of the travel industry and hundreds of thousands of WTA voters, both from within the hospitality industry and among the public at large, cast more than 1.2 million votes during the Grand Tour 2016.