Air New Zealand has been named Airline of the Year for 2018.
Airline website AirlineRatings.com has given the company the award for the fifth consecutive year.
The airlines were judged on 12 key criteria, including fleet age, passenger reviews, profitability, investment rating, product offerings and staff relations.
AirlineRatings.com said Air New Zealand was honoured for its “record-breaking performance, multi award-winning in-flight innovations, operational safety, environmental leadership and motivation of its staff”.
Other winners included Qantas (Best Domestic Airline Service, Best Catering and Best Lounges), Singapore Airlines (Best First Class and Best Cabin Crew) and Korean Air (Best Economy).
Best In-Flight Entertainment went to Emirates, while Tianjin took out the category of Most Improved Airline.
A new category – Best Low-Cost Airline – went to VietJetAir.
AirlineRatings.com’s Top 10 Airlines for 2018:
1. Air New Zealand
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