Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been named the Best Airline in the World for International Travel by the readers of Business Traveler USA magazine in the 28th Annual 2016 Best in Business Travel Awards. The airline was also named Airline with the Best First Class Service in the World and Best Business Class to the Middle East.
“We are honored to receive these three prestigious awards from the readers of Business Traveler USA which further recognize Etihad Airways’ commitment to serve as a leader in delivering innovative products, intuitive service and world-class hospitality for our guests across all classes of service,” said Martin Drew, Senior Vice President – The Americas, Etihad Airways.
For the 2016 awards, Business Traveler USA readers selected 33 different travel providers in 42 different categories, including the best airlines, hotel companies and car rental companies, both by regions and worldwide, plus categories such as airports, loyalty programs and today’s all-important mobile technology.
“Today’s business travelers are smart, savvy and connected,” noted Dan Booth, editorial director of Business Traveler magazine. “They know what works for them and what fits their lifestyles. For Etihad Airways to be included in the Best in Business Travel Awards by our readers means they have met – and exceeded – the highest expectations of the most experienced and demanding customers.
“Getting business travel right is hard work – it takes innovation and a drive for excellence that our readers recognize in their travels every day. These awards recognize Etihad among the elite in our industry by their most demanding customer, the frequent business traveler. My congratulations to Etihad Airways on all three of their awards.”
Etihad Airways is creating unexpected, groundbreaking and thoroughly modern product and service innovations to completely redefine the travel experience for its guests. The airline benchmarks itself against the world’s best hospitality establishments to inspire its renowned service and offerings – from its innovative seat design and fine cuisine to the only three-room suite available in the commercial skies, The Residence by Etihad™.
The Residence by Etihad™ offers unmatched luxury and total privacy, including a dedicated, Savoy-trained Butler available to ensure a tailored and remarkable experience from take off until touchdown. Inflight chefs create a made-to-order dining experience for guests traveling in The Residence and in First Class. Food and Beverage Managers guide guests traveling in Business Class through the extensive menu options available and provide recommendations on the perfect accompaniments to their meals. A Flying Nanny, trained by the UK’s Norland College, is onboard every long-haul flight to provide a helping hand for families traveling with young children.
In addition, Etihad Airways is the only commercial carrier to provide direct, nonstop flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport from six U.S. gateways, including Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.