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World's best Airline 2018 - full list

The world's best airline for 2018 has been announced - and the winner is not unknown in the award and takes on the top five for the fifth consecutive row.

Air New Zealand is the number one recipient posted
by in its annual rating of world carriers, ranking ahead of its opposing rivals Qantas and Singapore Airlines. Virgin Australia was fifth in fifth place of Virgin Atlantic as fifth, while Etihad, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Korean Air, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines completed the top 10.

The world's best airlines according to

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

“Whether number one or number 10, these airlines are the best of the best – the elite in aviation,” the judging team said. uses 13 criteria to create its rankings, examining the safety record of carriers (airlines must have a seven-star safety rating) as well as taking into account innovations in passenger comfort, passenger reviews, fleet age and environmental credentials.

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It says the judging team places particular significance on the quality of premium economy seats on long-haul aircraft, which it says are “without a doubt the best value proposition for the passenger and airline”, and also checks that business class has flat beds.
“We are looking for leadership and airlines that innovate to make a real difference to the passenger experience, particularly in economy class,” the team said.
It said that though Air New Zealand topped the rankings for the fifth consecutive year, Qantas and Singapore Airline, both rolling out new aircraft in the form of Boeing 787s and Airbus A350s, are catching up.
Of Air New Zealand, said: “Air New Zealand is being honored for the fifth consecutive year for its continued record-breaking financial performance, in-flight innovations, environmental leadership, young fleet and motivation of its staff. These factors have stamped the airline as an industry trendsetter.

"Air New Zealand was ranked number one - or equal to - in all our audit criteria, which is an exceptional achievement."
Europe's only accession to the top 10 was Virgin Atlantic, which was praised for its "product and service in flight".

What are the world’s ‘worst’ airlines?

According to AirlineRatings, in a report last year, there are 10 airlines it deems to have just one star out of a possible seven when it comes to safety standards. 
  • Batik Air
  • Bluewing Airlines
  • Citilink
  • Kal-Star aviation
  • Lion air
  • Sriwijaya Air
  • TransNusa
  • Trigana Air Service
  • Wings Air
  • Xpress Air

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