Here Are the World's 5 Best Airlines

Congrats, New Zealand mates
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2016 3:23 PM CST
The first to be delivered in the world, Air New Zealand's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner sits on the tarmac after its arrival at Auckland Airport in Auckland, New Zealand, on July 11, 2014.   (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Peter Meecham)

(Newser) – "Get Lucky" could very well be New Zealand's theme song, at least when it comes to its national airline. CNN reports that for the fourth time, Air New Zealand has captured first place in AirlineRatings.com's 2017 Airline Excellence Awards, which rated airlines around the world on criteria including safety, environmental leadership, financials, and in-flight innovations. "Air New Zealand came out number one in virtually all of our audit criteria, which is an exceptional performance," site editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas says in a release. Here, others in the top five:

  1. Air New Zealand
  2. Qantas
  3. Singapore Airlines
  4. Cathay Pacific Airlines
  5. Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic
More that earned top honors here. (Read more airlines stories.)

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