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Aviation Business Awards: Airline winners

Find out who won the passenger, cargo and executive airline gongs.
Roy Kinnear and Hareb Al Muhairi accept the Airline of the Year award for Etihad.
Roy Kinnear and Hareb Al Muhairi accept the Airline of the Year award for Etihad.

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Five companies were honoured with individual airline awards at Tuesday’s Aviation Business Awards 2010.

The award for Cargo Operator of the Year (commercial airline), which is awarded to the freight division of an established passenger airline, went to Emirates SkyCargo.

Cargo Operator of the Year (cargo/charter airline), which goes to an airline that operates exclusively in the cargo sector, was won by Maximus Air Cargo

The Business Aviation Operator of the Year was Royal Jet, which reported record revenue in November, acquired new planes this year and has seen strong demand for its medical evacuation services.

The Low Cost Airline of the Year was Air Arabia, which will soon launch its 66th route and has enjoyed another year of profitable operation.

The Airline of the Year was Etihad Airways, which hopes to achieve financial breakeven for the first time next year after another busy period of route launches and plane acquisitions.

“Etihad continues to strive for excellence in everything we offer our customers – whether in the sky or on the ground,” said James Hogan, CEO of Etihad Airways.

“Winning ’Airline of the Year‘ caps another impressive 12 months for the airline and confirms we’re leading the field in one of the most competitive industries.”

Roy Kinnear, Etihad’s acting chief strategy and planning officer, and Hareb Al Muhairi, vice president of sales, UAE, accepted the award.

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