PERTH, Australia, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AirlineRatings.com, the world's only safety and product rating website has announced Air New Zealand as its Airline of the Year for 2017. http://www.airlineratings.com/news.php?s&id=898 The global ratings agency AirlineRatings.com promotes safety and excellence in the airline industry and one of the pinnacles of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards. Air New Zealand is being honoured for the fourth consecutive year for its record-breaking financial performance, award winning in-flight innovations, operational safety, environmental leadership and motivation of its staff. These factors have stamped the airline as an industry trendsetter. The AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards program combines four major international industry and government audits, with another nine key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger review ratings, profitability, investment rating and key product offerings. AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said: "In our objective analysis Air New Zealand came out number one in virtually all of our audit criteria, which is an exceptional performance." Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon says being recognised once again by the industry is a real highlight for its people in a record year of performance. "The past 12 months have been exceptional for Air New Zealand - we've continued to invest in a streamlined and refurbished fleet, launched three new international routes and rolled out improvements to the customer experience with enhanced inflight entertainment and a multi-million dollar lounge redevelopment programme. "Above all, the award is testament to the talented team of people who make Air New Zealand great by putting customers at the heart of everything we do." Other winners in the Airline Excellence Awards are: Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Scoot, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa, Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic, Norwegian, Lufthansa, Delta Air Lines, Virgin America and Kulula.com.