SINGAPORE: Air New Zealand was named's Airline of the Year for 2018, the airline safety and product review website announced on Thursday (Nov 2).

This is the fifth consecutive year that the airline has taken the top spot.

Air New Zealand is being honoured for its "record-breaking performance, multi award-winning in-flight innovations, operational safety, environmental leadership and motivation of its staff," said.

"In our objective analysis Air New Zealand came out number one in virtually all of our audit criteria, which is an exceptional performance," said the website's editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas.

Airlines are judged on fleet age, passenger reviews, profitability, investment rating, product offerings, and staff relations.

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