The national carrier of New
Air New Zealand is based in Auckland and uses
a fleet of narrow and wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
Air New Zealand
operates a domestic and regional network within New
Zealand and the Pacific and international services toAustralia,
Asia, North America and Europe. Air New Zealand is
member of the Star
Air New Zealand named Airline of the Year by
PERTH - AirlineRatings.com the
world's foremost safety and product rating website has
announced the selection of Air New Zealand as
its Airline of the Year for 2014.
www.AirlineRatings.com celebrates and promotes
excellence in the airline industry and the pinnacle of these
efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards.
Air New Zealand is being honoured for its in-flight
innovations, financial performance, operational safety and
motivation of its staff that have stamped the airline an
The editorial team, one of the world's most awarded and
experienced, lauded Air New Zealand's commitment to a young
fleet and its continual focus on the environment. The
airline also won Best Premium Economy Class.
Editor Geoffrey Thomas said, "AirlineRatings.com
editorial team took special note of Air New Zealand's
comprehensive long haul offering which has two multi-award
winning products in the Skycouch and Spaceseat for economy
"Quite simply Air New Zealand is an airline of first
choice. And given the airline's location and the country's
size its performance is even more remarkable."
Air New Zealand's Chief Executive Officer Christopher
Luxon said, "These awards are a great way to
kick off 2014 and reaffirm the hard work of more than 11,000
Air New Zealanders across our business, including airport
and lounge teams, flight and cabin crew, cargo, operations
and ramp staff, contact centres and corporate staff who all
work tirelessly to deliver a consistent customer
Other winners in the Airline Excellence Awards are:
Emirates, Qantas, Jetstar, Singapore Airlines, Silk Air,
Cathay Pacific, Swiss International, Air Canada, JetBlue,
Norwegian and flydubai.
Scooping three awards Emirates, one of the
industry's leading lights, has been awarded Best
First Class, Best IFE and Best
Long Haul Airline based in the Middle-East and
Africa. The editors noted that Emirates is consistently
amongst the finest in the industry across all aspects of
service delivery and operational safety.
The Qantas Group also picked up three
awards. Qantas was awarded Best Lounges and Best
Economy Class, while Jetstar was
named Best Low Cost Airline in Asia.
editors praised Qantas' domestic economy class product
stating that it was clearly the world's best while the
airline's domestic lounges are outstanding.
The Singapore Airlines group picked up two
awards: Best Regional Airline for subsidiary Silk
Airand Best Long Haul Airline based
in Asia/Pacific. The editors said that Singapore Airlines is
another industry standout that has consistently set the
Cathay Pacific picked up Best
Business Class and the award adds to a string of
accollades the airline has won for its business class
For value and safety in the Low Cost Airline sector the
editors selected JetBlue for the Americas,
Norwegian in Europe and flydubai for the Middle-East/Africa.
The editors noted that these three airlines and Jetstar in
Asia are clear industry leaders in innovation and bringing
For excellence in Long Haul the editors selected Air
Canada for the Americas, Swiss
International for Europe as well as Emirates for
the Middle-East/Africa and Singapore Airlines for
has also announced its top ten airlines for 2014.
Heading the list is Air New Zealand followed by Emirates,
Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Qantas making up the
top five. The editors also recognised Etihad Airways (6th),
Royal Jordanian Airlines (7th) Swiss International (8th),
Virgin Atlantic (9th) and All Nippon Airways (10th).
New Zealand's Aircraft Engineering Recruitment
Programme Well Underway
New Zealand is well underway with its programme of
recruiting aircraft engineers to support its
airframe maintenance operations. This will mean
approximately 70 additional jobs in Christchurch,
including 20 trainees, and 30 for the airline's
Auckland-based engineering operations.
Zealand Engineering Services Vice President, John
Mounce, said the recruitment drive was in response
to the evolving needs of the business.
qualified staff are required to support the growth
of our airframe maintenance and overhaul business
as well as maximise asset utilisation in what is an
ever-increasingly competitive market," said Mr
Zealand is recruiting suitable people both locally
and from the United Kingdom where there is a pool
To date the
airline's Christchurch engineering facility has
recruited 20 local engineers, has another 10
commencing work over the next two months, has a
number of offers on the table with interested UK
applicants, and is currently advertising another 13
the recruitment programme is underway both locally
and in the UK for the additional 30 aircraft