It’s official: these are the 10 best airlines in the world

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We’re always told to focus on the journey, not the destination – but, when it comes to booking a trip abroad, plenty of us are more focused on where we want to go over how we want to get there.

However, if you’d like to make sure yours is an all-round amazing trip, then it’s worth paying a little more attention to the airline you choose to fly with.

And, if you want the very best flight, then you ought to opt for Air New Zealand.

That’s right; Air New Zealand has been named the best airline in the world for the fourth consecutive year at the 2017 Airline Excellence Awards

Praised for its innovative new features, including its “cuddle class seating” for more affectionate passengers, the company was also hailed for its environmental leadership, motivated staff, and financial performance.

Fleet age, passenger review, ratings, and key product offerings were also considered. Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said: “In our objective analysis Air New Zealand came out number one in virtually all of our audit criteria, which is an exceptional performance.”

He continued: “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.

“This outstanding performance has seen Air New Zealand catapult to the top tier of the industry in a host of areas.”

Meanwhile Etihad Airways was praised for offering the Best First Class packages, while Virgin Australia was applauded for having the Best Business Class. Virgin Airways, as a whole, also picked up the award for Best Cabin Crew – thanks to their unfailing “commitment to their passengers”.

In overall rankings, however, New Zealand had staunch competition from Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Cathay Pacific Airways.

You can see the full list of the best airlines below.

The top 10 best airlines of 2017 are:

  1. Air New Zealand
  2. Qantas Airways
  3. Singapore Airlines
  4. Cathay Pacific Airways
  5. Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic
  6. British Airways
  7. Etihad Airways
  8. All Nippon Airways
  9. Eva Air
  10. Lufthansa

“Whether number one or number 10, these airlines are the best of the best – the elite in aviation,” said Thomas. “They are the trendsetters and the benchmark by which all others are judged.” 

Time to get that flight booked, we say…

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.