Air New Zealand named the top airline of 2018

Stephanie Yip 3 November 2017 NEWS

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The kiwis win this round.

Airlineratings.com has unveiled the winners of its Airline Excellence Awards for 2018 and topping the list for best airline is Air New Zealand.

The list, which comprises of the world's top 10 airlines, is judged by a bespoke seven-star rating system that considers the airline's safety, environmental leadership, in-flight innovation and financial performance. The passenger experience is also considered based on an audit of customer feedback on the airlineratings.com website.

Catching silver at 2nd place was Qantas with Singapore Airlines in at 3rd and Virgin Australia not far behind in 4th place.

It's no mean feat to nab a place in the top ten with the judging team saying: "Whether number 1 or number 10 these airlines are the best of the best - the elite in aviation. They are the trendsetters and the benchmark by which all others are judged."

This is the fifth time Air New Zealand has won the award, so they must be doing something right. For those who like to fly premium, it was also named best premium economy.

Despite Air New Zealand's presence, Qantas still managed to clean up by the numbers winning three awards for best catering, best lounges and best domestic class.

Singapore Airlines also nabbed a few awards, taking out best first class experience and best cabin crew.


Airlineratings.com top 10 airlines of 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

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