FOR the fourth consecutive year, Air New Zealand was named “airline of the year” by global safety and products ratings agency AirlineRatings.com.
The airline was commended for its financial performance, flight innovations, operational safety, environmental leadership, and motivation of staff, all of which make the brand an industry trendsetter.
AirlineRatings.com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas, said, “In our objective analysis, Air New Zealand came out number one in virtually all of our audit criteria, which is an exceptional performance.”
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Other winners in the airline excellence category include Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Scoot, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa, Virgin Australia and Lufthansa.
Meanwhile, the “best first class category” went to Etihad for the third time in a row, an unbeatable force in the industry.
The “best business class” award went to Virgin Australia for its “The Business” suites, an option that’s been described as more first class than business class. The suite is equipped with triple-layer seat cushion supported by a hammock sub-frame.
— Virgin Australia (@VirginAustralia) November 14, 2016
Singapore Airlines – what’s known as one of the world’s best airlines among frequent flyers – snagged the title of “best economy class”.
In the other categories, Virgin Australia won “best cabin crew”, Qantas won the titles of “best catering” and “best lounges”, Emirates claimed “best in-flight entertainment”, and Garuda Indonesia won the honor of “most improved airline”.