, an aviation safety and product rating website, announced Air New Zealand has retained the No. 1 spot as Airline of the Year for the fifth year in a row. According to the aviation website, Air New Zealand was honored for its record-breaking performance, multiple award-winning in-flight innovations, operational safety, environmental leadership and motivation of its staff, among other achievements.

The website also released its annual top 10 list of the World’s Best Airlines.'s top airlines for 2018 (starting with the No. 1 pick) include: Air New Zealand, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Etihad Airways, All Nippon Airways, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines.

No U.S. airlines made’s top 10 list of World’s Best Airlines for 2018. The list did seem to favor airlines in the Asia-Pacific region, which is where a lot of new aviation development is taking place.

The Airline Excellence Awards, judged by six editors with over 180 years' industry experience, combines major safety and government audits, with 12 key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger reviews profitability, investment rating, product offerings and staff relations.

For more information and additional honors, visit the announcement page.