• Top 10 airlines for 2017

    Ramesh Tiwari
    November 21, 2016
    Top 10 airlines for 2017

    Paris ( AFP ) – Air New Zealand has cemented its reputation as one of the world’s top leading airlines taking the title of Airline of the Year 2017 for the fourth year in a row in a new ranking.

    The flagship carrier for New Zealand topped the leaderboard in the latest edition of AirlineRatings.com’s ranking of the World’s Top 10 Airlines 2017 for its record-breaking financial performance, in-flight innovations, safety record, environmental leadership and staff.

    “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,” said editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas in a statement.

    It’s the fourth consecutive win for the carrier. To determine the rankings, editors look at how carriers performed across four major international industry and government audits, plus an additional nine criteria, including fleet age, passenger review ratings, profitability, investment rating and key product offerings.

    Over the last year, Air New Zealand launched new international routes linking Auckland to Vietnam and the Philippines, and rolled out enhanced in-flight entertainment features that greet passengers by name and allows them to purchase food, drink and merchandise from their seatback using their Airpoints Dollars.

    The system, which was also recognized for working much like a smartphone app, won innovation awards at the Air Passenger Experience Awards (APEX) last month.

    The carrier also grabbed headlines this year with a safety video featuring US comedian Anna Faris in a movie genre montage.

    Other big winners this year include Qantas, which won the title of best domestic airline service, best catering and best lounges.

    When it comes to best cabin crew, that title went to all three Virgin airlines (Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America).

    Best in-flight entertainment went to Emirates.

    For the Americas, Delta Air Lines was named the best for long haul travel; Virgin Atlantic best in Europe; Etihad Airways best in Middle East and Africa; and Singapore Airlines took the title for Asia/Pacific.

    The best low-cost carriers for value and safety include Virgin America for the Americas; Norwegian for Europe; Kulula.com for Africa/Middle East and Scoot for Asia/Pacific.

    Here are the top 10 airlines 2017:

    1. Air New Zealand

    2. Qantas

    3. Sinagpore Airlines

    4. Cathay Pacific

    5. Virgin Atlantic/Virgin Australia

    6. British Airways

    7. Etihad Airways

    8. All Nippon Airways

    9. Eva Air

    10. Lufthansa

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      2017 in review -Top stories

      January 1 : New year nightclub attack leaves 39 dead in Istanbul
      January 20 : Republican billionaire Donald Trump sworn in as 45th US president
      January 23 : Syria peace talks begin in Kazakh capital Astana
      March 29 :United Kingdom officially launches the Brexit process
      April 4 :Syria launches chemical attack killing 90 people
      April 6 : US cruise missiles destroy Syrian air base
      April 9 : Bombings at two churches in Egypt kill dozens
      April 16 : Refugee death toll passes 1,000 in Mediterranean
      April 16 :Turkey says YES to presidential system
      May 6 :Emmanuel Macron elected French president defeating Marine Le Pen
      May 19 :Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani wins re-election
      May 22 : Terrorist attack kills 22 at Manchester concert
      June 5 : Gulf nations severe ties with Qatar
      June 7 :Suicide bombers attack Iranian parliament killing 13 people
      June 14 :London fire kills 71 in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower
      July 4 :North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s missile ambitions
      July 28 : Pakistan’s top court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office
      August 5 :US withdraws from Paris climate change pact
      August 17 :Storms cause record damage in Caribbean and southern United States
      August 25 :Muslim Rohingya start fleeing Rakhine state in Myanmar
      September 15 : NASA’s 13-year Saturn mission ends
      September 20 : Earthquake kills more than 200 in Mexico
      September 24 : Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel wins fourth term
      September 26 : Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving
      October 1 : Gunman opens fire on Las Vegas music festival killing 59 people
      October 14 : Massive bombing in Somalia’s capital Modadishu kill more than 500 people
      October 24 : China confirms the elevation of President Xi Jinping to the same status as the nation’s founder, Mao Zedong, and Deng Xiaoping, by enshrining ‘Xi Jinping thought’ in the party’s constitution at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China
      October 27 : Catalonia declares independence from Spain
      November 4 : S audi Arabia detains 11 princes, four ministers and ten former ministers in a corruption probe
      November 12 : Iran-Iraq magnitude 7.3 earthquake kills more than 500
      November 15 : Argentine navy submarine disappears with 44 crew on board
      November 21 : Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe’s president after 37 years in power. His former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa will become president.
      November 22 : Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic convicted of genocide in Srebrenica during the 1990s Bosnian War
      November 24 : Gunmen kill hundreds at Sinai mosque in Egypt
      December 4 : Houthi militants assassinate Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh
      December 5 : Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics for state-sponsored doping
      December 6 : US President Donald Trump recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
      December 17 : Price of one bitcoin reaches a new high of $19,783.06 dollars
      December 21 : Yemen’s cholera outbreak
      December 22 : Syria peace talks in Astana (compiled)

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      Between January and August 2017, destinations worldwide welcomed 901 million international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors), 56 million more than in the same period of 2016 .The top ten most visited cities are:
      HONG KONG26.6 million
      BANGKOK 21.2 million
      LONDON19.2 million
      SINGAPORE16.6 million
      MACAU15.4 million
      DUBAI14.9 million
      PARIS14.4 million
      NEW YORK12.7 million
      SHENZHEN12.6 million
      KUALA LUMPUR12.3 million

      Source: Euromonitor International

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