Air New Zealand has done it again!

For the fifth consecutive year, Air New Zealand has been awarded Airline of the Year in airlineratings.com’s “World’s Best Airlines for 2018” Awards.

Airlineratings.com explains its choice, saying that Air New Zealand won “for its continued record-breaking financial performance, in-flight innovations, environmental leadership, young fleet and motivation of its staff. ” The award takes into account many factors, including safety ratings, age of the fleet, and passenger rating.

Air New Zealand also won Best Premium Economy. All of us at Esplanade can attest that Air New Zealand is one of our favorite airlines to fly! Other winners include Esplanade favorites Qantas, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, and Norwegian.

A hearty congratulations to everyone at Air New Zealand! If you’d like to read more about the awards, you can read the article here.

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Our travels started back in March of 2020. Our trip started and included a great week in Tahiti then New Zealand. Although that’s when Covid exploded while we were there in Tahiti. That’s when we found out they had closed the border into NZ. Thankfully we had Esplanade to get us back home. We finally got back on track to New Zealand this March. We had a full itinerary planned. When we arrived, we had a driver waiting for us to take us to our Glamorous hotel with a great view of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Mountains in the background. We traveled to Milford Sound by bus then traveled thru out the scenic Milford Sound. Then they flew us back to our hotel. Another trip was on a Steamboat that took us to Farm. We had a great dinner there and tour of the farm that included the sheep dogs working the sheep. We could go on and on about this trip. The people from NZ our super nice. This trip was great from start to finish. Truly a bucket list trip. Esplanade will definitely be our choice for international travel, without a doubt. <br />

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