ATW Editor's Blog

ADS-B compliance and ATW’s 2016 Airline of the Year

by Karen Walker
Dec 04, 2015

Busy week at ATW with two major events. The first was our webinar on ADS-B OUT compliance by the FAA’s 2020 deadline.

We had a great panel of experts across the regulatory, supplier and operator sectors, with FAA, ACSS and JetBlue Airways participating.

The key message was that airlines need to plan now to upgrade their aircraft for the ADS-B mandates. If you are not sure what that means, this is a great resource. The link is here.

Meanwhile, we also announced that Etihad Airways has been selected as the 2016 Air Transport World Airline of the Year. The announcement was made during a reception hosted in New York by Etihad Airways and its president and CEO, James Hogan.  The award will be presented as the top honor at the 42nd annual ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards, to be held at a gala dinner on the eve of the Singapore Air Show on February 15, 2016. 

Etihad Airways was selected by ATW’s editorial board for fast but thoughtful growth, consistently delivering against its targets and always thinking ahead. The airline was also applauded for its unique partnership strategy that is paying dividends; a willingness to be bold in equity tie-ups; its unique Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 cabin products that include The Residence onboard apartment; and its strategy of developing ground-breaking strategic contracts with suppliers.

We also noted Etihad Airways’ consistently diplomatic, dignified and assured response to the industry controversy on the Gulf carriers, demonstrating industry leadership beyond the company mandate. 

Other 2016 ATW Airline Industry Achievement Award winners will be announced in December and January.

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