Wondered what the world’s best airline is? It’s over in New Zealand

Business class berths on an Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Image: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

New Zealand is a place that’s best known for Lord of the Rings and being really good at rugby, but they can sure cobble together a world-class airline too.

Air New Zealand has been named the world’s best airline by airlineratings.com at the site’s Airline Excellence Awards. It’s the fourth time in row the Kiwis have taken out the prize.

The website awarded the airline thanks to its strong financial performance, in-flight innovations, operational safety, its stance on the environment and motivation of its staff.

An Air New Zealand 787-9 Dreamliner.

Image: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

“In our objective analysis Air New Zealand came out number one in virtually all of our audit criteria, which is an exceptional performance,” according to airlineratings.com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas in a statement online.

While the Air New Zealand leads the pack, the website also announced its top ten airlines. Qantas came in number two, followed by Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Etihad Airways, All Nippon Airways, Eva Air and Lufthansa.

While there have been many of us who’ve never flown with the airline, you’ve likely been introduced to it throught its unconventional safety videos. Like the one laden with The Hobbit references, or its take on the Men in Black theme.

It’s like it knows what the people want.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/11/15/air-new-zealand-best-airline/