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For Fifth Year In A Row, Air New Zealand Wins Best Airline 2018
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Nov 22, 2017 Style & Living
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The world's best airlines for 2018 have been announced, with Air Zealand taking out the top "airline of the year" award. Other award categories include the best economy, best business class, and best low-cost carrier.



AirlineRatings.com, the world's only aviation safety, and product rating agency promotes excellence int the airline industry and the pinnacle of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards. Other winners include Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Air Canada, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, Westjet, Norwegian, Aegean Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, Scoot and VietJetAir.com.


AWARD CATEGORY: Airline Of The Year - Air New Zealand selected for Airline of the year.

Air New Zealand is being honoured for the fifth consecutive year for its continued record-breaking financial performance, in-flight innovations, environmental leadership, young fleet and motivation of its staff. These factors have stamped the airline as an industry trendsetter.

The AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards program combines four major international industry and government safety audits, with another 12 key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger ratings, profitability, investment rating and key product offerings. The judging panel said: "Air New Zealand came out number one - or equal first - in all of the audit criteria, which is an exceptional performance. "

Here is the complete list of the top 10 airlines for 2018:


1 Air New Zealand

2 Qantas

3 Singapore Airlines

4 Virgin Australia

5 Virgin Atlantic

6 Etihad Airways

7 All Nippon Airways

8 Korean Air

9 Cathay Pacific

10 Japan Airlines

Interestingly enough, not a single carrier from the Americas made the list, and only one European airline, Virgin Atlantic did. What's more, Air New Zealand does not have a first class, only economy, premium economy and business, which makes its winning streak somewhat special. 



The list, which is weighted heavily toward the Asia-Pacific region, signals a shift in aviation toward that part of the word; a trend that is likely to continue given the projected growth of this market in the coming decades. 



AirlineRatings.com also picks a winner in each of 20-22 other categories (depending on the year), three of which are new to the list this year. Here are those results:


  • Airline With The Best First Class - Singapore Airline wins best First Class experience

  • Best Business Class - Virgin Australia wins Best Business Class
  • Best Premium Economy - Air New Zealand wins best Premium Economy
  • Best Economy - Korean Air Wins Best Economy Airline
  • Best Cabin Crew - Singapore Airlines wins Best Cabin Crew
  • Best Catering - Qantas Airways wins for Best Catering Services
  • Best Lounges - Qantas Airways selected for Best lounges
  • Best In-Flight Entertainment - Emirates wins for Best In-flight Entertainment
  • Best Domestic Class - Qantas wins for Best Domestic Class
  • Regional Airline Of The Year - Aegean Airlines wins Regional Airline of the Year
  • Most Improved Airline - Tianjin Airlines wins Most Improved Airline
  • Best Ultra-Low-Cost Airline - VietJetair.com wins Ultra-Low-Cost Airline A new award, taken out by Vietnam's VietJetAir.com, celebrates a new breed of airlines that offer extraordinary value to passengers, while not compromising on product or service.
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