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May 2012 - Etihad Airways has again cleaned up at the prestigious World Travel Awards Middle East. The airline was named the Middle East’s Leading Airline for the sixth year in a row. The accolade was one of four awards won by the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. Etihad Airways was also recognised for the Middle East’s Leading Airline First Class, Leading Airline Inflight Entertainment and Leading Cabin Staff. The World Travel Awards (WTA), described by the Wall Street Journal as the “travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscars,” are voted for by passengers and travel agents from 160 countries.


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Etihad Airways are the National Airline of the Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates. Etihad commenced commercial operations in November 2003 with Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, as its hub. After the launch in November 2003 the airline grew rapidly adding almost one new route a month. In June 2006, they achieved the milestone of launching 30 destinations in 30 months. Etihad currently flies to over 63 destinations across the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and North America and operates 147 flights a day offering Guests new levels of comfort and hospitality in its three unique cabins: Diamond First Class, Pearl Business Class and Coral Economy Class. Other significant achievements include: The World’s Leading New Airline of the Year Award (2004, 2005 and 2006, World Travel Awards). The World’s Leading Flatbed Seat Award (13th World Travel Awards, 2006). Middle East's Leading First Class Airline –( World Travel Awards, 2007) Best business class airline - Irish Travel Trade News Awards. “Airline with the best cabin staff” Business Traveller Middle East awards “Airline with the best economy class” Business Traveller Middle East awards. In 2009 Etihad Airways carried 9 million passengers (6 million 2008). They sponsor Manchester City Football Club. Etihad business class is called Pearl Zone and offer fully flat business beds and 15” LCD screens as well as direct access to the aisles. In 2009 Etihad won the world travel awards for the best business class on airlines. New planes on order include A380’s, Boeing 787’s and 777’s and A350’s and A320’s. From the UK they fly from Manchester, Heathrow & Gatwick.

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