Air New Zealand named 'Airline of the Year' by AirlineRatings

By David Flynn, December 2 2014

Air New Zealand has been named 'Airline of the Year' by, marking the second year in a row that the Kiwi carrier has been recognised "for its award winning in-flight innovations, record financial performance, operational safety and motivation of its staff."

The AirlineRatings team also highlighted Air New Zealand’s commitment to a young technologically advanced fleet.

AirNZ CEO Chris Luxon with AirlineRatings editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas
AirNZ CEO Chris Luxon with AirlineRatings editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas

AirNZ also won Best Premium Economy Class, while Cathay Pacific was once again singled out for Best Business Class.

Etihad Airways picked up Best First Class for its new Airbus 380 and Boeing 787 product.

Best Economy Class went to Thai Airways and Best In-Flight Entertainment to Emirates.

Qantas was recognised for Best Domestic Service, Best Catering and Best Lounges, while Virgin Australia won Best Cabin Crew and 'Best New World Carrier', an award which AirlineRatings said "recognises the transformation that many airlines are trying to meet rapidly changing market demands."

Other winners included  Scoot, EVA Air, Lufthansa, JetBlue, Norwegian, Bangkok Airways and LAN Chile.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Feb 2014

Total posts 145

Well deserved award!!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Nov 2014

Total posts 340

I wish they would release more award spaces to their partners on their premium cabin


28 Jul 2013

Total posts 27

I wonder when any airline is going to get their head around good use of points for thier frequent tavellers. For instance being easiliy able to get a points ticket along with your full fare for long haul flights and having them actually linked.   

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1137

I am shocked SQ didn't make the list.

06 Feb 2013

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They did. They got #6 in the world 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Jun 2013

Total posts 367

I wish Air NZ flew Melb to Hong Kong direct or Melb Singapore direct it is a great airline to fly with.but always back to Auck to Asia or Europe 

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