Air New Zealand has been given the title of Airline of the Year for the fourth consecutiveyear by safety and product rating website AirlineRating.com, leading the world's top tenairlines for 2017, followed by Australia's Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines.
The ranking, which combines four major international industry and government audits, isbased on nine key criteria, including fleet age, passenger review ratings, profitability,investment rating and key product offerings.
Only airlines that achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership ininnovation for passenger comfort can be in the top 10, according to AirlineRating.com.
Let's have a look at the top 10 best airlines for the upcoming year.
The German Olympic team takes photos in front of a plane of German carrier Lufthansa at the airportin Frankfurt, Germany, on August 2016.
An EVA Air A321-200 passenger jet is pictured at the Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 25, 2015.
All Nippon Airways
Japan's All Nippon Airways presents three designs for its Star Wars-themed airplanes during a pressconference in Tokyo, Japan, on August 18, 2015.
An Etihad Airways plane prepares to land at the Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates on May4, 2014.
British Airways cabin crew members greet an Airbus A380 as it arrives at the terminal in WashingtonDulles International Airport in Dulles, United States, on October 2, 2014.
Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic
Cabin crew members take photos in front of a plane of the Virgin Australia airline at Sydney Airport inSydney, Australia, on May 4, 2011.
Cathay Pacific Airways
Attendees look at a cargo hold of an aircraft operated by Cathay Pacific Airways during an eventoutside a hanger at the Hong Kong International Airport on November 1, 2015.
Visitors watch a Singapore Airlines airbus take off at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 8, 2013.
Two people watch from a beach as a Qantas plane taxies on the runway at Sydney Airport on August20, 2015.
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand crew members stand in front of a plane with an image of the dragon Smaug fromPeter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy in Auckland, New Zealand, on December 2, 2013.