Etihad Airways has been selected as the 2006 Air Transport World Airline of the Year; it was announced at a reception in New York. ATW editors selected the Abu Dhabi-based national airline of the United Arab Emirates from a field of more than 100 global competitors. The 2016 Airline of the Year award was announced during a reception hosted in New York by Etihad Airways and its president and CEO, James Hogan. The award will be presented as the top honour at the 42nd annual ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards, to be held at a gala dinner on the eve of the Singapore Air Show on February 15, 2016.
The ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards recognise excellence across a broad range of airline operations and are widely considered as the most coveted in the aviation industry. To win ATW’s Airline of the Year award, an airline must demonstrate exceptional achievements and capabilities across operations, financial performance, customer service, safety and labour relations. Its executive leadership must also clearly show innovation and strategic thinking that sets the company apart. ATW also noted Etihad Airways’ consistently diplomatic, dignified and assured response to the industry controversy on the Gulf carriers, demonstrating industry leadership beyond the company mandate.