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Emirates named airline of the year

15 March 2011 16:34

Emirates has been named Airline of the Year by the magazine Air Transport World

Emirates has been named Airline of the Year by the magazine Air Transport World

Dubai-based Emirates has been crowned 2011 Airline of the Year by leading trade magazine Air Transport World.

The carrier was praised for its extensive network, performance and its dedication to efficiency and customer service.

Emirates, which was set up in 1985, has been instrumental in Dubai's transformation into an international travel hub by connecting it to destinations around the globe.

According to Air Transport World, passengers fly Emirates for its competence and reliability - factors likely to ease people's worries about flight delays or cancellations that may lead to travel insurance claims.

Perry Flint, editorial director of the publication, said: "Customers have a choice to fly Emirates, given that more than 125 airlines serve Dubai.

"The route network appeals to travellers not only in the UAE but also to those in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America who value the efficiency and connectivity of the Dubai hub."

In-flight amenities provided by the airline and its various innovations to ensure passenger comfort also drew praise. The company is known to have pioneered services including seats with video displays at the back and mobile services on board.