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AirlineRatings.Com Unveils Its ‘Excellence Awards’

Dorathy Gass

For those frequent travelers out there, everyone has their favorite airline carrier when it comes to flying; regardless if it is for business or pleasure. Well, if you are one of those people who thinks you might know who the best of the best is when it comes to airlines, you may want to place close attention to this article; especially if you do fly the friendly skies a lot. recently revealed its 2017 Airline Excellence awards, and the results may surprise you.

Wondering who hit top spot?

CNN advised that for the fourth consecutive year, Air New Zealand snagged the top award for airline carrier. touted that the carrier was an industry trendsetter when it came to its innovative (and award-winning) in-flight practices, incredible financial performance, safety measures around operations, leadership when it comes environmental issues, and how it motivates employees. As’s editor, Geoffrey Thomas notes, the airline hit number one in almost all of the criteria that the website put forth.

Hitting the number two spot, is Qantas, an airline out of Australia. With lounge showers, installed several decades ago, Qantas grabbed the silver medal in the Excellence Awards for its incredible performance via the Catering, Lounges, and Domestic Service categories.
However, for a premium flying experience, the website recommends Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways. Virgin grabbed the top spot in the Business Class category, while the Best In-Flight Entertainment award went to the Emirates. The website stated the carrier was a “pioneer” when it came to entertaining flyers

When it comes to safety and value, the gave honorable mentions to Norwegian,, Scoot, and Virgin America. As it relates to the best of the best in long-haul, Virgin Atlantic, Singapore Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Etihad were all mentioned by the website.

The top 10 airlines for 2017, according to include (drum roll please): Air New Zealand in top spot; second goes to Qantas; Singapore Airlines hit third; Cathay Pacific was fourth; Virgin Atlantic/Virgin Australia was fifth; British Airways grabbed the sixth spot; Etihad Airways snagged seventh; All Nippon Airways hit number eight; Eva Air was at nine; and Lufthansa rounded up the top ten airlines at last place.