Despite being arch enemies of every Australian, the Kiwis have taken out Airline of the Year again for a second year running.
The coveted award, which was awarded by website AirlineRatings goes to the airline that shows continuous innovation, financial performance, operational safety and performance of its staff from a customer perspective.
One of the main reasons Air New Zealand took out the award was thanks to its focus on lowering emissions and maintaining a green image.
The airlines manages this feat by operating a new fleet, which in turn helps reduce overall emissions.
The award for best Premium Economy Class also went to Air New Zealand. “Quite simply Air New Zealand is an airline of first choice. And given the airline’s location and the country’s size its performance is even more remarkable,” AirlineRatings editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas said.
“We’ve invested in new aircraft and enhancements to the customer experience and continued our strong focus on cost control and operational excellence. We head into our 75th anniversary year well positioned to continue sustainably growing Air New Zealand,” he said.
Australia’s own, QANTAS, also took out three gongs. Voters found that QANTAS had the best in-flight food, the best airport lounges and the best domestic service (we could argue the toss on that one…).
When it came to the quality (not appearance) of cabin crew, Virgin Australia came out on top. It also ranked highly for keeping with the times and evolving with market demands.
The top 10 airlines of 2015 were: Air New Zealand, followed by Etihad, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, EVA Air, Lufthansa, All Nippon Airways and British Airways.
What are your thoughts, did your fave make it in the top 10 list?