Top award for Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, which has a near 5pc stake in Aer Lingus, has clinched top honours at the 2015 aviation 100 awards.
The awards are voted for by the industry and recognise outstanding achievement in the aerospace sector, with Etihad claiming the coveted 'Airline of the Year' title.
James Hogan, Etihad president and chief executive, said the airline was immensely proud of the achievement.
"These awards remind us of the significant progress the airline has made in such a short space of time," Mr Hogan said. "A pivotal year in the history of the airline, 2014 saw us spearhead new opportunities for the industry. We are looking forward to future accomplishments in 2015 and beyond as we continue to grow, with support of our employees, our equity partners and the industry."
Philip Tozer-Pennington, managing editor of Airline Economics, said they are the airline industry's largest votes-based awards. Etihad Airways' group treasurer, Ricky Thirion, is pictured with the prize at the awards ceremony in Dublin.