Etihad wins ‘Innovation in Travel Award’

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Etihad Airways has won the ‘Innovation in Travel Award’ at the Travel Weekly Globe Travel Awards in the UK. 

The Innovation in Travel Award is presented to a company which has launched an innovation or development that has had a clear impact in the market. 

The award, which was judged by a panel of industry experts, was presented to Etihad for The Residence – the world’s only private three-room cabin on a commercial aircraft. 

The revolutionary cabin is the result of a seven-year research and development program at the airline’s Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi, led by the Etihad Design Consortium.

 Available on the airline’s Airbus A380 fleet, The Residence measures 125 sq ft and features a living room, separate en-suite shower room, double bedroom and a dedicated Savoy-trained Butler. Etihad Senior Vice President – Marketing Shane O’Hare said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by the Globe Travel Awards panel of experts, who have voted The Residence as the best innovation in travel. This revolutionary cabin has changed the landscape of premium airline travel, providing levels of luxury found only on the most advanced private jets. “Etihad Airways values its strong partnership with the UK market, a relationship that started when we launched our first flights to and from London Heathrow in 2004. We have elevated the travel experience by configuring our flagship aircraft with genuine living spaces, providing supreme levels of privacy and comfort.”