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The Destination of Choice: Abu Dhabi

There have been two prevailing airlines in the last two years that fly to Abu Dhabi: Emirates and Etihad Airways. Both have seen their stock rise considerably with many declaring these airlines as their go-to airlines of choice because of the exemplary service that they offer their passengers.

In 2014, the airlines were voted in the top 10 best airlines in the world in the World Airlines Awards poll. Although, the results didn’t come as entirely good news as Emirates dropped from first place to fifth with Cathay Pacific Airlines replacing the Dubai-based airline, it did reaffirm their stock in the world of aviation.

With the “global benchmark for airline excellence” having once again recognized the consistency of both airlines among the world’s greatest carriers, it was interesting to note that it wasn’t just their value for money, and their in-flight service that saw them ranked among the elite once more. They were both applauded for their consistency over the last couple of years with both being highly recommended by flyers as well as industry professionals.

But the World Airlines Awards isn’t the only travel awards ceremony to crown the best in the business. As Herald Sun reported in December 2014, Etihad, with new head honcho, James Hogan at the helm, walked away with ‘Best Airline’, ‘Best First Class Airline’ and ‘World’s Leading Cabin Crew’. However, the most staggering statistic of this haul is that the airline has only been in operation for the last 11 years.

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Similarly in 2014, Emirates won awards at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards where they took home ‘Best First Class’, ‘Best Cabin Staff’ and ‘Airline with the Best Business Class’. Showing that over the last 12 months the two airlines are being held in high regard by travel professionals worldwide, and reiterates why these airlines are the recommended carriers of choice when traveling to Abu Dhabi.

There’s also been hardly any negative press regarding these airlines for a long time unlike some of their short and long haul counterparts. Many of the leading long haul U.S. airlines have been lambasted because of the extra charges that they have been imposing on unsuspecting flyers. Also, budget airlines such as Easy Jet have come under some intense criticism because, as Parking4Less documents on its blog, the airline announced it was reducing the amount of guaranteed cabin baggage allowance by 37% in 2013 that resulted in many flyers being charged for exceeding the aforementioned meager limit.

Issues like that have really seemed to set Etihad and Emirates apart from the rest as they are well-oiled airlines, run superbly well. If the last 12 months has proved anything, it’s that the Middle East’s best two airlines are flourishing at the minute in a very competitive market. And if you are looking for first class service for affordable rates, it looks like Etihad and Emirates are the obvious choices for comfortable travel.

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