Emirates dominates 2023 World Travel Awards Grand Final

Emirates representatives with 5 awards at World Travel Awards 2023.
Photo Credit: Emirates

At the prestigious 2023 World Travel Awards Grand Final, Emirates clinched an impressive five accolades, solidifying its position as a leader in the airline industry.

Spotlighting everything from First Class and inflight entertainment to Skywards and brand, Emirates dominated proceedings as it picked up the five awards.

1. World’s Leading Airline for the Middle East

Emirates proudly secured the title of the World’s Leading Airline for the Middle East for the third consecutive year.

This achievement reflects the airline’s unwavering commitment to excellence and its continuous efforts to provide a superior travel experience for passengers in the Middle East and beyond.

An Emirates Airbus A380 on the tarmac in celebration of Milan-New York flights.
Photo Credit: Emirates


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2. Leading Airline Inflight Entertainment

Emirates took home the award for Leading Airline Inflight Entertainment, a testament to its dedication to keeping passengers entertained throughout their journey.

With an extensive selection of entertainment options, including 6,500 channels of ice on-demand, Emirates ensures that every passenger, regardless of class, has a memorable and enjoyable flight experience.

3. Leading Airline Brand

The recognition of Emirates as the Leading Airline Brand is a nod to the airline’s consistent efforts in building and maintaining a strong and positive brand image.

Emirates has successfully positioned itself as a symbol of luxury, reliability, and innovation in the competitive airline industry.

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4. Leading First Class

When it comes to luxury travel, Emirates is undoubtedly a trailblazer. Winning the award for Leading First Class further solidifies its position as a provider of unparalleled luxury in the skies.

From unlimited caviar in First Class to a curated vegan menu, Emirates is redefining the first-class experience.

5. World’s Leading Rewards Programme: Emirates Skywards

Emirates Skywards, the airline’s loyalty program, once again took home the title of the World’s Leading Rewards Programme.

This accolade, claimed in 10 out of the last 12 ceremonies, showcases the program’s consistency in delivering value and rewards to its members.

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Emirates lives up to its brand promise to ‘Fly Better’ by investing a staggering USD$2 billion to enhance the inflight experience.

The commitment to raising the bar is evident in the introduction of unlimited caviar, a special cinema menu, and a refreshed Premium Economy cabin in 22 A380s.

The UAE flag carrier’s dominance extends beyond the World Travel Awards, with recent wins for Best Airline in the World and Best Airline in the Middle East at the 2023 ULTRAs.

Additional accolades include being crowned the 2024 APEX World Class Airline and the 2024 IFSA award for Best Onboard Amenity.

The airline also received the title of Transport & Logistics Company of the year at the Gulf Business Awards 2023.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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