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Foreign airline has Qantas beat as Australia’s most trusted carrier It may be Australia’s oldest airline, but according to a ranking of most trusted companies, Qantas isn’t our favourite. 16, 2019

Air New Zealand has topped a list of Australia’s best companies, beating old rival Qantas as most trusted. For the third year in a row, the Kiwi carrier has outperformed Aussie firms on the Reputation Institute’s 2019 Australian Corporate Reputation Index, with Australia’s biggest airline landing in second spot. The index measures how Australians feel about companies according to factors driving their reputation, such as product and services, leadership and financial performance. Qantas — which announced a codesharing deal with Air New Zealand in June — crept into second spot from third place on last year’s list. The airlines came ahead of retailer JB Hi-Fi in third place, Toyota in fourth and Mazda Australia in fifth. Aldi Australia, Samsung, Woolworths, Hyundai Australia and Nestle Australia rounded off the top 10 ranking. Virgin Australia dropped out of the top 10 this year, after placing fourth in 2018. Air New Zealand only came second on its own nation’s reputation index after being bested by Toyota. The Kiwi airline operates more trans-Tasman routes from Australian cities than any other airline, connecting Australians to the North and South islands from its hub in Auckland. “Air New Zealand is in the business of world-class journeys and maintaining such an outstanding performance year in, year out, is down to the incredible

efforts of our people to push boundaries and continually enhance all aspects of our customer experience,” Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon said in a statement. “Customer focus underpins reputation leadership. We maintain our leading position by continuing to invest in our aircraft, products and services and by bringing genuine Kiwi warmth to the 17 million journeys we’re part of every year.” Recently, travellers named Qantas Australia’s best airline but Air New Zealand the best in the South Pacific region in TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards. Air New Zealand received a slew of awards in the South Pacific and Oceania category, including best economy, best premium economy and best business class. It was also named as having the best premium economy class in the world.

Air New Zealand climbs to top on trust THE AUSTRALIAN, APRIL 17, 2019 The public’s trust remains strongly weighted towards airlines, with Air New Zealand’s chief executive Christopher Luxon conceding that he spends much of his day concentrating on building the carrier’s reputation. The long-term Air New Zealand chief said he spent 35-40 per cent of his time dealing with reputational cultural matters for the airline, which operates about 17 million flights annually and employs 12,500 staff. “The best companies in the world really deliver for their customers,” Mr Luxon told The Australian yesterday. “We measure accomplishment through the three lenses of commercial success, customer and culture … we see them as equal if you want to be a great world class company.” Reputation was really important for people-oriented businesses such as airlines, he added. “If you don’t have an outstanding reputation, how do you build a successful business? Reputation is everything.” Mr Luxon said he spent a lot of time across Australia and in New Zealand meeting with other organisations discussing Air New Zealand’s experiences and strong brand reputation. “(But) we don’t have it all right all the time. We keep wanting to get better and we learn from (other companies) as well,” he said. “There are 195 countries in the world and Australia and New Zealand have the two most investable airlines in Air New Zealand and Qantas. “There are 170 airlines and we are consistently ranked in the top.” Air New Zealand controls about 6-7 per cent of Australia’s international market, while Qantas controls about 20 per cent of the international market.

Qantas chief customer officer Vanessa Hudson said as the national carrier, “we’ve worked hard to build a reputation through the services we deliver but also by championing the spirit of Australia”. “It’s the combination of what you do and how you do it. The trust people have in the Qantas brand is something we never take for granted,” Ms Hudson said. Air New Zealand was ranked No 1 while Qantas ranked second on the Australia 2019 RepTrak research, which looks at which global companies are the top-ranked reputation leaders. Surprisingly, property developers, including Stockland and Lendlease, did not fare too badly on the Australia 2019 RepTrak of the top 60 local companies. Mining companies, telcos and banks did not achieve strong results. In fact, AMP ranked last on the survey, coming in at No 60.

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