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Etihad honoured at Irish travel awards

Etihad Airways has secured recognition from Irish travel experts within seven months of launching flights to Dublin.

Etihad honoured at Irish travel awards

Etihad Airways has secured recognition from Irish travel experts within seven months of launching flights to Dublin.

The Abu Dhabi-based carrier was named best business class airline at the Irish Travel Trade News Awards. Etihad representatives received the accolade during an awards ceremony at Dublin's Croke Park Convention Centre.

The airline was also runner-up in the best airline to Asia and Australasia category. The winners were chosen by members of the Irish travel trade.

Geert Boven, Etihad Airways' executive vice president for sales and services, said: "Since launching flights to Dublin, Etihad has enjoyed great success in this market and we are very proud that the Irish travel trade has recognised the impact the airline has made in Ireland in such a short period of time."

Etihad recently announced plans to increase services between Abu Dhabi and Dublin to daily flights. The additional flights will be introduced on March 30, making Etihad the only Middle East airline operating to the Irish capital.

The award follows similar success in 2007. Etihad was voted airline with the world's best first class service by Business Traveler U.S.A. It also picked up the world's leading flatbed seat and world's leading travel television commercial accolades at the World Travel Awards.

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