There's a New Best Airline in the World

Qatar Airways comes in at No. 1 on list
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2024 5:30 AM CDT
There's a New Best Airline in the World
A plane from Qatar Airways, No. 1 on the list, lands at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Jan. 11, 2021.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Air New Zealand has been dethroned. is out with its annual list of the world's top airlines, and the new victor for 2024 is Qatar Airways. Thrillist notes that "the standards are high" to make it to the top of the list, put together by five veteran editors who ranked the airlines according to a dozen criteria, including passenger reviews, safety ratings, serious incidents, and fleet age. The highest-ranking US airline on the list: Hawaiian Airlines, coming in at No. 17. Here, the top 10:

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Korean Air
  3. Cathay Pacific Airways
  4. Air New Zealand
  5. Emirates
  6. Air France-KLM Group
  7. All Nippon Airways
  8. Etihad Airways
  9. Qantas
  10. Virgin Australia/Atlantic

See how other airlines fared here. US airlines were left out of the top 10, but had five finishers in the top 25. (More Qatar Airways stories.)

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