The world’s best airlines to fly with revealed for 2024


The world’s best airlines to fly with revealed for 2024
The latest ranking on the world's best airlines has been revealed and Qatar Airlines is again back at the top of the list.

The new list compiled by means Aotearoa’s national carrier, Air New Zealand, has lost the top spot it claimed in 2023. The airline came in fourth place in the 2024 list behind Korean Air and Cathay Pacific Airways.

Air New Zealand did pick up the recognition for Best Economy Class and Excellence in Long Haul travel, Australia/Pacific.

The Airline Excellence Awards combines major safety and government audits, with 12 key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger reviews, profitability, safety rating, product rating, innovation and forward fleet orders.

“In our objective analysis Qatar Airways came out number one in many key areas although it was a very close scoring for the top ten, ” explained Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas.

“The passenger reviews however scored Qatar Airways ahead of all airlines and its consistency and high standard of service delivery came through in the feedback,” Thomas said.

The Top 25 premium airlines are:

  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. JAL
  16. Finnair
  17. Hawaiian,
  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

Other recognitions in the awards:

Best First Class: Singapore Airlines

Best Business Class: Qatar Airways

Best Premium Economy: Emirates

Best Economy Class: Air New Zealand

Best Catering: Qatar Airways

Best Cabin Crew: Virgin Australia

Best-In-Flight Entertainment: Emirates

Best Lounges: Qantas

Best Environmental Airline: Etihad Airways

Excellence in Long Haul travel: Middle East – Qatar Airways, North Asia – Korean Air, Europe – Air France, North America – Air Canada, South America – Latam, Southern Europe – Turkish Airlines, South-East Asia– Cathay Pacific Airways and Australia/Pacific – Air New Zealand.

Best Regional Airline was Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA).’s Best Low-Cost Airlines are; Americas – Southwest, Middle East – Fly Dubai, Asia – AirAsia Group, Australia/Pacific – Jetstar Group and Europe – easyJet.

Vietjet picked up two awards; Best Ultra Low-Cost Airline and Best Low-Cost Airline Onboard Hospitality which recognize the amazing value of its onboard offering.

AirlineRatings also announced its Top 25 Best Low-Cost Airlines which are in alphabetical order: AirAsia Group, Air Baltic, Air Canada Rouge, Cebu Pacific, easyjet, Eurowings, FlyDubai, FlyNAS, GOL, Jetblue, Jet2, Jetstar Group, Jeju air, Norwegian, Peach, Ryanair, Scoot, Spicejet, Suncountry, Southwest, Transavia, Vietjet, Volotea, Vueling, WizzAir.


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