Air New Zealand has won a major international award that recognises sustainable tourism best practice.
The airline was named the winner in the global tourism business category at the World Travel and Tourism Council's annual summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said the award recognised the airline's commitment to maintaining and protecting the country's clean, green image.
He said the airline was working to become the world's most environmentally sustainable carrier and had reduced carbon emissions by 15 per cent during the past five years.
"Alongside this we've invested in enhancing some of New Zealand's most iconic natural assets through our partnership with the Department of Conservation to support biodiversity projects on the Great Walks network. We have also invested in Antarctica New Zealand and the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute to support important scientific research being conducted on the Ice."
The airline provides financial support to environmental projects around the country through the Air New Zealand Environment Trust. The airline has a 3000-strong "Green Team" which promotes environmental sustainability both at work and in the home.
Applications for the awards came from 46 countries.
Finalists were assessed by a group of 20 international judges and sustainable tourism experts on a range of criteria before undergoing an on-site evaluation to ensure each were delivering on their environmental commitments.
Associate Tourism Minister Chris Tremain said the award reflected Air New Zealand's strong commitment to sustainability and their contribution to the country's 100% Pure brand
"This award shows that Air New Zealand is punching above its weight internationally and leading the way for sustainable air travel."