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Wednesday 31 May 2023

Global recognition for Air New Zealand

There are awards for just about everything nowadays; from best airline in the world to best supermarket product of the week.

Air New Zealand is celebrating this week after, the airline ratings website, named the Kiwi flag carrier as Airline of the Year for 2023. 

It was Air NZ's seventh victory since 2013 and rewards the airline’s innovations, including its SkyNest economy beds. 

Air NZ saw off previous winners Qatar Airways and leading contenders that included Etihad Airways, Korean Air, and Singapore Airlines.

The awards are evaluated by five judges sharing decades of industry experience. They take into account safety and government audits combined with 11 critical criteria including fleet age, passenger reviews, profitability, investment rating, product offerings, and staff relations. 

So just the opinions of five judges. 

Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of, said: “Through our meticulous analysis, Air New Zealand emerged as the clear winner in numerous key areas, though the scores were quite close among the top five.”

The list of the Top 25 premium airlines is headed by Air New Zealand, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa/Swiss, SAS, TAP Portugal, All Nippon Airways, Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, British Airways, Jet Blue, JAL, Vietnam Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Hawaiian, KLM, Alaska Airlines, and United Airlines.

Air NZ took out the award for best economy class, while, Qatar Airways continued to reign as the best business class for the fourth consecutive year. 

Singapore Airlines claimed the award for best first class. also presented awards for the best low-cost airlines, with Southwest Airlines securing the top spot in the Americas, Fly Dubai in the Middle East, AirAsia in Asia, Jetstar in Australia/Pacific, and Ryanair in Europe. 

Oh dear. You have to wonder how much credibility to give any awards that praise Jetstar and Ryanair. 

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