Etihad Airways shines at the Aviation Business Awards 2020

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national airline, took home three awards at the Aviation Business Awards 2020 held in Dubai.

The airline won the “Environmental Initiative of the Year” while its training division Etihad Aviation Training was named “Training Provider of the Year.” Etihad Engineering was also recognized with the inaugural “Pride of Aviation” award.


For the industry-leading engagement of Etihad to push the sustainability agenda, the prestigious award for “Environmental Initiative of the Year” was presented. Etihad’s recent initiatives include the ecoDemonstrator program in partnership with American aerospace company Boeing which is a prime example of industry collaboration to tackle climate change. This partnership delivers on the airline’s commitment for its Boeing 787 Dreamliners to be a testbed for technology acceleration as part of the Etihad Greenliner program launched in 2019.

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“This award recognizes Etihad’s relentless commitment to sustainability, even as the airline tackles the current COVID-19 crisis. Etihad continues to be committed to a minimum target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050 and halving of the airline’s 2019 net emission levels by 2035. Sustainability is a key priority for Etihad and the achievements we have made this year are testament to this.”

Etihad Aviation Training was also recognized for their considerable achievements in the field of aviation training by collecting “Training Provider of the Year.” Etihad Aviation Training was the first training provider in the Middle East to be certified to train pilots holding European licenses, marking a significant industry milestone.

Captain Paolo La Cava, Vice President and Managing Director, Etihad Aviation Training said, “It is an honor to have received this award. This year has been extremely challenging for everyone however, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the team, Etihad Aviation Training has been resilient throughout this crisis and continued to deliver training of the highest quality to our customers. We pride ourselves in delivering world-class training in our state of the art facility, and this recognition cements Etihad Aviation Training as industry leaders.”

Standing strong in difficult times

For demonstrating outstanding steadfastness in the face of an unparalleled industry crisis and meeting adversity with solidarity, innovation, determination and adaptability, Etihad Engineering won the inaugural “Pride of Aviation” award.

Etihad Engineering had extended its operations during the ongoing pandemic to meet the ever-changing needs of its customers and employees. Etihad Engineering has unveiled a number of service solutions in order to facilitate a safe return to the skies for airlines around the world.