(MENAFN- Bangladesh Monitor)
Dhaka: Air New Zealand has been ranked the best airline in the world by AirlineRatings.com, a website for airline safety and product reviews.
The airline beat Qatar Airways, which held the title in 2021 and 2022, to secure the top spot. The website cited Air New Zealand's new Skynest economy beds and the airline's safety record as two reasons for the top ranking.
Air New Zealand was ranked first for best economy class; Qatar Airways took the lead for business class; and Singapore Airlines was ranked the best first-class airline.
Geoffrey Thomas, Editor-in-Chief, AirlineRatings.com, said, "In our objective analysis, Air New Zealand came out number one in many key areas although it was a very close scoring for the top five."
He continued, "Like all airlines across the globe Air New Zealand has faced severe disruptions during and after the pandemic and this year huge challenges from storms and cyclones. The airline has responded well."
AirlineRatings.com uses criteria including fleet age, passenger reviews, and profitability.
The top five airlines, according to the website, are as follow:
Air New Zealand got 7/7 for safety and product respectively. It is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand. It is the country's national carrier. Air NZ has an average score of 7.6/10 based on 231 reviews on AirlineRatings.com. Its recent reviews are mixed.
Qatar Airways got 7/7 for both safety and product. The airline is headquartered in Doha, Qatar. It is one of the biggest airlines in the Middle East, with a revenue of USD 14.4 billion in 2022, as per reports. Qatar has an average score of 7.3/10 based on 196 reviews on AirlineRatings.com. Its recent reviews are mixed.
Etihad Airways also got 7/7 for safety and product respectively. Etihad is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It is one of two flag carriers in the UAE. Etihad has an average score of 5.9/10 based on 120 reviews on AirlineRatings.com. Its recent reviews are poor.
Korean Air got 6/7 for safety and 7/7 for product. Korean Airlines is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. It's the flag carrier of South Korea. Korean Air has an average score of 7.8/10 based on 60 AirlineRatings.com reviews. Its reviews are mostly positive.
Singapore Airlines got 7/7 for safety and product each. SIA is headquartered in Singapore. It is one of the biggest airlines in Asia, with a revenue of USD 13.2 billion in 2022. SIA has an average score of 6.3/10 based on 256 AirlineRatings.com reviews. Its recent reviews are mixed.