Wellington - Air New Zealand has been crowned best airline in the world for a fourth consecutive year, with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic rated in the top 10 in the global rankings.
Etihad’s opulent suites secured the carrier the accolade for best first-class cabin; for economy cabins, Singapore Airlines scooped the top prize.
The 2017 awards were generated by global product and safety website airlineratings.com, which ranked the top airlines overall, best cabins of each class and highlighted the best entertainment, catering and cabin crew worldwide.
To be named one of the top 10 airlines in the world, carriers have to show leading innovations in passenger comfort and must have achieved a seven-star safety status.
Air New Zealand was honoured for its in-flight innovations, financial performance and environmental leadership.