By Kenneth Ehigiator
At a colourful ceremony graced by two former president, Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Dauda Jawara of Gambia and Chairman, LOC of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Danny Jordan, Emirates, at the 2010 Africa Travel Market awards in Lagos, emerged the best international airline in Nigeria.
The prestigious award was voted for by stakeholders in the aviation industry, who nominated Emirates as their preferred and best performing airline in Nigeria .
Paulos Legesse, Country Manager for Emirates in Nigeria, expressed satisfaction over the award, saying it was the tonic needed by the airline to continue to give quality service to the travelling public in Nigeria.
He said: “We are delighted to receive this award and are honoured to have been recognized in this way by our industry peers.
“We are very proud of the products and services we offer, from the outstanding in_flight services delivered by an international crew drawn from over 140 nationalities to our award_winning in_flight entertainment system and the modern aircraft fleet that serves our rapidly_expanding network.
“At Emirates, our goal is to continuously improve the services we offer to our customers and we will continue to strive to reach ever higher standards moving forwards.”
Organized by the Africa Travel Quarterly magazine, the awards ceremony was also attended by Obioma Liyel_Imoke, wife of the governor of Cross River State and other members of the diplomatic corps.
The airline’s latest award follows shortly after Emirates SkyCargo was voted Cargo Airline of the Year, the highest accolade at the prestigious Cargo Airline of the Year Awards.
Other awards won by Emirates in the past include best In_flight Entertainment from Skytrax Airline Excellence Awards 2009; best website in airline category from Travel d’Or 2009 Awards in France.
It had also emerged the best airline website from Internet Advertising Awards 2009; best air cargo Carrier Middle East (for 14th consecutive year) from Cargo News Asia, Hong Kong, and best Middle East/African Airline’ award from Business Traveller Asia_Pacific amongst others.
Since its launch in 1985, Emirates has received more than 400 international awards in recognition of its efforts to provide quality customer service.