The website praised Air New Zealand for its “products, environmental commitment, innovation and internal culture”.
AirlineRatings.com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas said the airline was a global trendsetter.
“Given Air New Zealand’s location and the country’s size, its performance is stunning.”
It is a global leader, despite its small size. Air NZ were first with the modern business class seats/beds and also pioneered Skycouch. And it is only when you travel internationally a lot, you realise the Air NZ Lounges are among the best in the world.
Top 10 airlines for 2016:
1. Air New Zealand
4. Cathay Pacific
5. Singapore Airlines
7. EVA Air
8. Virgin Atlantic /Virgin Australia
9. All Nippon Airways
Have not flown Etihad but heard good things about them.