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Planning to book a flight soon? Here’s the world’s best airline according to experts

For the fifth year in a row, safety and product rating site has named Air New Zealand the world’s best airline 2018.

travel Updated: Nov 03, 2017 13:10 IST
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Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777-300.(Courtesy Air New Zealand)

An airline experience can make or break your trip. For this year’s edition of naming the world’s best airline, editors were asked to consider 12 criteria: product rating, safety rating, passenger reviews, fleet age, operating profit, premium economy class, flat beds in business class, investment grade rating, environmental report, industrial issues, serious incidents and innovation.

No other carrier was able to break Air New Zealand’s five-year streak, which editors credit to a record-breaking financial performance, in-flight innovations, environmental record, young fleet and motivated staff. Readers of Conde Nast Traveler also named Air New Zealand the world’s best airline last month. One of the carrier’s most popular features is their economy class Skycouch, which can convert a three-seater into a larger lie-flat space for sleeping or relaxing, thanks to an additional fold-out footrest.

The top 10 list, meanwhile, is dominated by carriers in Oceania, Asia and the Middle East, with Qantas and Singapore Airlines rounding out the podium. Here are some of the winners:

1. Air New Zealand
2. Qantas
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

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First Published: Nov 03, 2017 13:08 IST