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Air NZ Named Airline of the Year By AirlineRatings.

Air New Zealand Named Airline of the Year By AirlineRatings.com

AirlineRatings.com 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.

www.AirlineRatings.com celebrates and promotes excellence in the airline industry and the pinnacle of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards.

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.

Airlineratings.com Editor Geoffrey Thomas said: “AirlineRatings.com
editorial team took special note of Air New Zealand’s comprehensive long haul
offering which has 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.”

Air New Zealand’s Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon said: “These
awards are a great way to kick off 2014 and reaffirm the hard work of more than
11,000 Air New Zealanders across our business, including airport and lounge
teams, flight and cabin crew, cargo, operations and ramp staff, contact centres
and corporate staff who all work tirelessly to deliver a consistent customer
experience.”

Other winners in the Airline Excellence Awards are: Emirates, Qantas,
Jetstar, Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, Cathay Pacific, Swiss International, Air
Canada, JetBlue, Norwegian and flydubai.

Scooping three awards Emirates, one of the industry’s leading lights, has
been awarded Best First Class, Best IFE and Best Long Haul Airline based in the
Middle-East and Africa. The editors noted that Emirates is consistently amongst
the finest in the industry across all aspects of service delivery and
operational safety.

The Qantas Group also picked up three awards. Qantas was awarded Best
Lounges and Best Economy Class, while Jetstar was named Best Low Cost Airline
in Asia. AirlineRatings.com editors praised Qantas’ domestic economy class
product stating that it was clearly the world’s best while the airline’s
domestic lounges are outstanding.

The Singapore Airlines group picked up two awards: Best Regional Airline
for subsidiary Silk Air and Best Long Haul Airline based in Asia/Pacific. The
editors said that Singapore Airlines is another industry standout that has
consistently set the industry agenda.

Cathay Pacific picked up Best Business Class and the award adds to a string
of accolades the airline has won for its business class offering.

For value and safety in the Low Cost Airline sector the editors selected
JetBlue for the Americas, Norwegian in Europe and flydubai for the
Middle-East/Africa. The editors noted that these three airlines and Jetstar in
Asia are clear industry leaders in innovation and bringing people together.

For excellence in Long Haul the editors selected Air Canada for the
Americas, Swiss International for Europe as well as Emirates for the
Middle-East/Africa and Singapore Airlines for Asia/Pacific.

AirlineRatings.com has also announced its top ten airlines for 2014.

Heading the list is Air New Zealand followed by Emirates, Cathay Pacific,
Singapore Airlines and Qantas making up the top five. The editors also
recognised Etihad Airways (6th), Royal Jordanian Airlines (7th) Swiss
International (8th), Virgin Atlantic (9th) and All Nippon Airways (10th).

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