Air NZ’s Airline of the Year

photo - Air New Zealand
photo – Air New Zealand

Airline product and safety review website has announced Air New Zealand as its ‘Airline of the Year’.

Air New Zealand won the top spot in’s first annual awards, with Singapore Airlines’ SilkAir subsidiary named the Regional Airline of the Year. Other award winners included Emirates for best first class, Cathay Pacific for best business class, Air New Zealand for best premium economy, Qantas best economy class and best lounges, and Emirates for best inflight entertainment. Jetstar was adjudged best low cost carrier for Asia/Pacific.

Speaking on Air New Zealand’s selection for the top gong, founder and editor (and Australian Aviation contributor) Geoffrey Thomas noted: “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.”

Thomas continued, “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.”


  1. NJP says

    Lovely new aircraft & excellent service…..not bad rebuilding job after nearly being broke 12 years ago……Qantas is this your vision of your future?

  2. J says

    Hmm, perhaps Qantas all to take a leaf out of AirNZ’s book when it comes to innovation, market position, yield and the list goes on.

    Congratulations AirNZ, as an Elite member and Star Alliance Gold, you are an excellent airline to fly with.

  3. Mal says

    Well done Air NZ. It does show what the right leadership can do with an airline that was on the brink. Geoff Thomas is 100% right with his comments. QF should use this result as inspiration. And QF did ok in the results as well, nice to see that it’s not all bad at QF!

  4. Peter says

    NJP, Qantas management has no vision for the future, they`re running the company into the ground while handing all their lucrative routes to their opposition all the while bleeding the company lining their own pockets and when there is nothing left they`ll award themselves handsome big bonuses and move on.

  5. john says

    Agree Peter, Qantas has the same geographical issues as Air NZ, but Air NZ has certainly done a great job of innovating, getting the staff on board etc,and the results speak for themselves!