The national carrier was voted second best long-haul leisure airline by Condé Nast Traveller magazine, placing it alongside New Zealand's ranking as second best destination in the world.

"This recognition by readers of one of the world's top magazines is a further reflection that the dedication and hard work of Air New Zealanders to deliver a uniquely kiwi experience is resonating around the globe," say Group General Manager International Airline Ed Sims.

The award follows on from Air New Zealand's most recent accolade - the Preservation Award in the Condé Nast 2009 World Saver Awards for leading the way in exploring alternate fuel sources.

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Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award, Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, bmi, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Aegean Airlines, Air India, Brussels Airlines and TAM have been announced as future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers 19,500 daily flights to 1,071 airports in 171 countries.

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