In a year marked by significant recovery and transformation within the airline industry, has revealed its much-anticipated list of the world’s best airlines for 2024., the only global safety and product rating website, combines major safety and government audits with 12 key factors, including fleet age, passenger reviews, profitability, safety rating, product rating, innovation and forward fleet orders.

Topping the chart for 204 is Qatar Airways, which was named the airline of the year, thanks to its superior service and innovation. This win positions Qatar Airways ahead of former champions like Air New Zealand, which topped the list in 2023.

“In our objective analysis, Qatar Airways came out number one in many key areas, although it was a very close scoring for the top five,” Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief at, told me in an interview. “Qatar Airways won due to very positive passenger reviews across its business class and economy cabins.”

In addition to the overall ranking of global carriers, also awards airlines in various categories. This year, Qatar Airways was named best business class for the fifth consecutive year and best catering.

Other notable winners for 2024 include Air New Zealand (which won for best economy class), Singapore Airlines (best first class), Virgin Australia (best cabin crew), Emirates (best in-flight entertainment, best premium economy), Qantas (best lounges) and Etihad Airways (best environmental airline).

On the other hand, the performance of U.S. carriers was lackluster: JetBlue came in at number 16, followed by Hawaiian Airlines (number 17) and Alaska Airlines (number 18). The major legacy carriers were at the bottom of the list, with Delta Air Lines at number 23, United Airlines at number 24 and American Airlines at number 25.

“The big U.S. carriers continued to do badly due to high fleet age and very poor passenger feedback,” he says.

Airline also ranked the best low-cost airlines by region, and the winners were Southwest (for the Americas), Fly Dubai (Middle East), AirAsia Group (Asia), Jetstar Group (Australia/Pacific) and easyJet (Europe). Vietjet also picked up two awards for best ultra low-cost airline and best low-cost airline onboard hospitality (which recognizes the value of its onboard offering).

According to Thomas, the 2024 results reflected the post-COVID recovery within the airline industry. “The results for 2024 reflect the acceleration of the recovery in the airline industry after the massive disruption of COVID to staffing and supply chains,” he says. “Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates and Air France moved right up the list to be in the top ten.”

And while there have been recent high-profile safety issues—particularly with Boeing planes, as well as a recent Singapore Airlines turbulence incident—Thomas said this did not impact the 2024 rankings. “The publicity surrounding Boeing did not impact the results as these are airline rankings. However, it should be noted there are just as many incidents involving Airbus aircraft as Boeing, and much of the publicity surrounding Boeing is simply not correct,” he says. “The turbulence tragedy involving Singapore Airlines wasn’t taken into consideration as we don’t yet know the cause.”

The report provides a comprehensive and objective evaluation of the world’s leading airlines, helping passengers make informed choices. With Qatar Airways leading the way, the 2024 rankings reflect both the achievements and challenges within the aviation industry.

Here are the world’s top 25 airlines for 2024. For more detailed rankings and insights, visit

Ranked: The World’s Best Airlines For 2024

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Korean Air
  3. Cathay Pacific Airways
  4. Air New Zealand
  5. Emirates
  6. Air France/KLM
  7. All Nippon Airways
  8. Etihad Airways
  9. Qantas
  10. Virgin Australia/Atlantic
  11. Vietnam Airlines
  12. Singapore Airlines
  13. EVA Air
  14. TAP Portugal
  15. Finnair
  16. JetBlue
  17. Hawaiian Airlines
  18. Alaska Airlines
  19. Lufthansa/Swiss
  20. Turkish Airlines
  21. IGA Group (British Airways & Iberia)
  22. Air Canada
  23. Delta Air Lines
  24. United Airlines
  25. American Airlines


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