Air New Zealand wins Airline of the Year for 2015 has crowned Air New Zealand as Airline of the Year for 2015 for the second consecutive year thanks to its award winning in-flight innovations, record financial performance, operational safety and environmental strategies. rates the safety and in flight product of 450 airlines. Editor in chief Geoffrey Thomas said given the airline's location and the country's size its performance is even more remarkable.

The editorial team praised Air New Zealand's commitment to a young technologically advanced fleet and its continual focus on the environment.

Air New Zealand executive officer Christopher Luxon said the airline is thrilled to receive the prestigious accolade two years in a row. "It's been an incredibly exciting year for Air New Zealand and this award recognises the outstanding efforts of our 11,000 employees globally.

“We've invested in new aircraft and enhancements to the customer experience and continued our strong focus on cost control and operational excellence. We head into our 75th anniversary year well positioned to continue sustainably growing Air New Zealand."

Qantas and Virgin Australia were also recognised in the Airline Excellence Awards, with Qantas taking home  three awards including Best Domestic Service, Best Catering and Best Lounges and Virgin Australia awarded Best New World Carrier and Best Cabin Crew for its outstanding staff.

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