World's Best Airlines Awarded by AirlineRatings

It has selected Air New Zealand as its Airline of the Year for 2014. the world’s foremost safety and product rating website has announced the selection of Air New Zealand as its Airline of the Year for 2014. celebrates and promotes excellence in the airline industry and the pinnacle of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards. Winners also include; Emirates; Cathay Pacific Airways, Qantas, Silk Air, JetBlue, flydubai, Jetstar, Norwegian, Singapore Airlines, Air Canada and Swiss.

Airline of the Year

Air New Zealand is being honoured for its in-flight innovations, financial performance, operational safety and motivation of its staff that have stamped the airline an industry trendsetter.

The editorial team, one of the world’s most awarded and experienced, lauded Air New Zealand’s commitment to a young fleet and its continual focus on the environment.  The airline also won Best Premium Economy Class.

Air New Zealand has been a leader in the airline industry for years and has won countless awards including Air Transport World’s Airline of the Year in 2010 and 2012.’s editorial team took special note of Air New Zealand’s comprehensive long haul offering which had two multi-award winning products in the Skycouch and Spaceseat for economy minded passengers.

“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,” said editor Geoffrey Thomas.

“This outstanding performance has seen Air New Zealand catapult to the top tier of the industry in a host of areas and in particular market position, product innovation, yield and social media that made the airline a trendsetter.”

“The editors of also noted that the airline’s focus on delivering value to passengers has resulted in higher yields and better returns for staff and shareholders. Air New Zealand is unquestionably Airline of the Year for 2014,” said Mr Thomas.

Read more about Air New Zealand’s offerings here:

Regional Airline of the Year

Singapore based Silk Air has taken out this award for delivering a first class experience on regional routes. editorial team praised Silk Air on its innovation that has resulted in exceptional performance in customer service, product and financial performance. This performance has seen Silk Air dominate its regional market segment for decades and makes it an industry trendsetter. “Silk Air’s regional offering is better than many full service airlines,” said Mr Thomas. “Silk Air richly deserves Best Regional Airline award.”

Read more about Silk Air’s offerings here:

Best First Class

Emirates, which has won a number of awards, is a standout winner of Best First Class. “Its First Class product is a new industry benchmark and is offered over almost all of the airline’s long haul fleet,” said Mr Thomas. “For those who want the ultimate experience Emirates’ First Class is just that.” Features include showers on the A380 and of course a now famous bar.

Read more about Emirates First Class offerings here;

Best Business Class

Cathay Pacific Airways has won Best Business Class and the award adds to a string of accolades the airline has won for its business class offering. According to Mr Thomas, Cathay Pacific’s new business class is exceptional. “It’s a magnificent blend of comfort, functionality and privacy,” said Mr Thomas. “The airline has listened to its customers and it shows. Cathay Pacific is a standout winner of Best Business Class award.”

Read more about Cathay Pacific Business Class offerings here:

Best Premium Economy

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