Etihad Airways declared best int’l airline

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Observer Report

Islamabad/Auc-kland—Etihad Airways was named ‘Best International Airline Offline’ at the 2016 Travel Agents’ Association of New Zea-land (TAANZ) National Travel Industry Awards held in Auckland on 10 September.
Voted for by the New Zealand travel industry, the award recognises the airline’s world-class prod-uct and service. Etihad Airways’ General Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Sarah Built, who accepted the award on the airline’s behalf said: “I’d like to thank our travel industry partners throughout New Zea-land for their vote of confidence and ongoing sup-port.
“I’d also like to thank the team at The Walshe Group, our General Sales Agent in New Zealand, for their tireless efforts in representing Etihad Air-ways in the market.
Ms Built acknowledged Etihad Airways’ equity partner Virgin Australia and codeshare partner Air New Zealand for their contribution to the airline’s success. “As an offline carrier in New Zealand, we rely on the support of our partner airlines to provide seamless trans-Tasman connections to our Austra-lian gateways. The partnerships we have with these airlines are critical to our success in the New Zea-land market.”
Etihad Airways codeshares with Virgin Austra-lia and Air New Zealand from Auckland, Christ-church, Queenstown and Wellington to its four Aus-tralian gateways, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The annual TAANZ National Travel Industry Awards are in their third year in 2016. The ‘Best International Airline – Offline’ award is Etihad Airways’ first win in this category.