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Air New Zealand wins AirlineRatings best airline award 2018

Air New ZealandOnline air travel reviewer Airlineratings has once again placed Air New Zealand at the top of its 2018 table of the planet’s best airlines. For the fifth year running, the airline took the top spot in the Airline Excellence Awards class of airline of the year.

Airlineratings’ panel of judges noted that Air New Zealand excelled in all the categories airlines should and had taken top marks in all. The annual study grades airlines on aspects such as innovation, the in-flight experience for passengers, safety records and whether they offer value for money.

Geoffrey Thomas set up Airlineratings and he explained Air New Zealand had won hands down for its pioneering in-flight offerings, profitability and dedicated staff. Qantas Airways came second and was followed by Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic and Etihad Airways.

Airlineratings claims its judges are not novices and use exacting criteria to assess each airline garnered from a combined 150 years service in the airline and travel industries. In addition to best global airline, Airlineratings grades airlines in another 20 plus categories.

These include best regional budget carrier, best premium economy class, best cabin crew and best passenger lounges. Air New Zealand scooped the award for best premium economy class for the third consecutive year.

Korean Air took the best standard economy with the judges noting the larger than average size of its seats in this class was a deciding factor. Virgin Australia took best business class for the second time.

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