MIAMI — Two organizations have made their picks for airlines of the year, choosing an international and a U.S. carrier, respectively. The safety and product rating website AirlineRatings.com has chosen Air New Zealand as its Airline of the Year for 2015, while Global Traveler magazine picked United Airlines for the same award.
For the second year in a row, Air New Zealand was honored for its inflight innovations, record financial performance, operational safety and motivation of its staff. The carrier also won Best Premium Economy Class.
Other Airlineratings.com winners include:
- Qantas for Best Domestic Service, Best Catering and Best Lounges;
- Etihad Airways for Best First Class;
- Cathay Pacific for Best Business Class;
- Thai Airways for Best Economy Class; and
- Emirates for Best In-Flight Entertainment.
For value and safety in the low-cost airline sector, the winners were JetBlue for the Americas, Norwegian in Europe, Kulula.com for the Middle-East/Africa and Scoot for Asia/Pacific.
In awarding United Airlines its 2014 Airline of the Year, a panel of Global Traveler advisory board members and employees used outside research, experiences traveling with the airline and information provided by the individual airlines that were nominated to make its decision.
The airline was also named Best Trans-Pacific Airline and, for the 11th year in a row, United MileagePlus was chosen as the Best Frequent-Flyer Program and Best Frequent-Flyer Bonus Program. The MileagePlus Club Card also won Best Credit Card and Best Credit Card Rewards Program, while the United MileagePlus Explorer Card was named Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Redemptions.