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Etihad secures best first class award

Etihad Airways was celebrating last month after securing the world's best first class services provider accolade from a trade publication.

Etihad Airways was celebrating last month after securing the world's best first class services provider accolade from a trade publication.

The Abu Dhabi-based carrier won the prize at Business Traveller USA's best in business travel awards.

Business Traveller readers were asked to answer a survey on what they consider the leading airlines, hotels, cruise lines, and car rental firms. The results were used to decide the winners for these awards.

Etihad passengers receive a limousine chauffer service to and from Abu Dhabi and JFK airports. The airline also provides "first class service and comfort" during flights, according to Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways' executive vice president.

"This award from our customers in the US illustrates the impact Etihad is having in the fiercely competitive North American market and across the world," Baumgartner added.

Last year, Etihad also picked up two accolades at the World Travel Awards. It was named the Middle East's leading airline and first class provider.

"We are delighted to be building upon our success at the World Travel Awards and it caps a tremendous year for Etihad Airways," Baumgartner said. "However we will not be resting on our laurels and our customers can look forward to new in-flight innovations and services in 2008."

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