Air NZ Upstages Qantas in Wake of World Cup Tension


Rugby fans are considering Air New Zealand’s nomination as Australia’s leading airline as an early omen for the Rugby World Cup Final in Twickenham this Sunday.

Air NZ, the All Black’s official carrier, beat out the Wallabies’ major sponsor Qantas for the prize. The win was no surprise, however, as 2015 marks the seventh consecutive year that Air NZ has claimed the title at the annual World Travel Awards.

The awards, now in their 22nd year, recognise travel organisations that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence and are voted for annually by travel and tourism professionals around the world.

Air New Zealand general manager of customer experience Carrie Hurihanganui described the win as exciting.

“We’re continually looking at ways to enhance the customer experience at all stages of the journey and these awards are testament to that work and to the efforts of our 11,000 staff.”

The awards for the Asia and Australasia region were announced overnight at a ceremony in Hong Kong. All regional winners will compete for the World Travel Awards’ global awards to be announced on December 12 in Morocco.

Air New Zealand also won the award for Australasia’s leading airport lounge, for the Air New Zealand Lounge at Christchurch Airport..

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