The world’s best airlines for 2018 have been announced with Air New Zealand taking home the top "airline of the year" award for the fifth consecutive year.

The winners are as follows:

  1. Air New Zealand
  2. Qantas
  3. Singapore Airlines
  4. Virgin Australia
  5. Virgin Atlantic
  6. Etihad Airways
  7. All Nippon Airways
  8. Korean Air
  9. Cathay Pacific
  10. Japan Airlines

Sadly, no Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Aer Arann or any Irish airlines made the cut.

Air New Zealand has taken home the top "airline of the year" award for the fifth consecutive year.

Since launching in 2013, has rated and reviewed the safety and quality of airlines worldwide. Now, the company has announced the best airlines for 2018 including the best business class, best cabin crew, and best low-cost carrier.

Factors taken into consideration include; audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations; government audits; airline’s crash and serious incident record; profitability and fleet age.

Airline Of The Year
Air New Zealand selected for Airline of the year

Airline With The Best First Class
Singapore Airlines wins best First Class experience

Best Business Class
Virgin Australia wins Best Business Class

Best Premium Economy
Air New Zealand wins Best Premium Economy

Best Economy
Korean Air wins Best Economy Airline

Best Cabin Crew
Singapore Airlines wins Best Cabin Crew

Singapore Airlines won the award for Best Cabin Crew

Best Catering
Qantas Airways wins for Best Catering Services

Best Lounges
Qantas Airways selected for Best Lounges

Best In-Flight Entertainment
Emirates wins for Best In-Flight Entertainment

Best Domestic Class
Qantas wins for Best Domestic Class

Regional Airline Of The Year
Aegean Airlines wins Regional Airline of the Year

Most Improved Airline
Tianjin Airlines wins Most Improved Airline

Best Ultra-Low-Cost Airline wins Ultra-Low-Cost Airline 

Best Long-Haul Airline Winners
Etihad (Middle East/Africa), Korean Air (Asia/Pacific), Virgin Atlantic (Europe) and Air Canada (The Americas).

Best Low-Cost Airline Winners winners are Westjet (The Americas), Scoot (Asia/Pacific) and Norwegian (Europe).