Emirates, the Dubai-based international carrier, has been named "Airline of the Year" for 2011 by leading industry title Air Transport World.
The award was presented to Emirates president Tim Clark at a gala dinner in Washington DC on February 8th in recognition of the airline's "strong commitment to safety and operational excellence, trendsetting customer service and superb financial performance".
Responding to the accolade, Emirates said it had sought to position itself as a leader in developing flexible air routings that save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions.
"These advances, combined with a host of other achievements, have resulted in more than 400 international awards recognising the airline in almost every category," it added.
Emirates carried 27.5 million passengers in the 2009-10 financial year - almost 4.7 million more than the previous 12 months.
Since launching services in 1985, the airline has experienced rapid and consistent growth, above 20 per cent a year on average.