Qatar Airways named world’s best airline 2024

The Skytrax 2024 World Airline Awards has revealed 20 of the best airlines in the world. 

UK-based consultancy Skytrax announced the world’s best airlines this week at an event held in Fairmont Windsor Park in London on 24 June 2024. Widely regarded as ‘the Oscars of the aviation industry’, the Skytrax World Airline Awards recognises the carriers who best serve their passengers. In operation since 1999 and entirely informed by customer surveys funded and conducted by Skytrax, the awards are an independent and impartial initiative that prioritises the traveller experience. 

Singapore Airlines plane in the sky
World’s Best First Class: Singapore Airlines © Adobe Stock/Andrei Armiagov

World’s Best Airline 2024

This year, Qatar Airways won the top spot as the World’s Best Airline, and took home a further three awards for World’s Best Business Class, the World’s Best Business Class Lounge and the Best Airline in the Middle East.

Top 20: World’s Best Airlines 2024

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Singapore Airlines
  3. Emirates
  4. ANA All Nippon Airways
  5. Cathay Pacific Airways
  6. Japan Airlines
  7. Turkish Airlines
  8. EVA Air
  9. Air France
  10. Swiss International Air Lines
  11. Korean Air
  12. Hainan Airlines
  13. British Airways
  14. Fiji Airways
  15. Iberia
  16. Vistara
  17. Virgin Atlantic
  18. Lufthansa
  19. Etihad Airways
  20. Saudi Arabian Airlines
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The 2024 Skytrax World Airline Awards also recognises the best carriers across a variety of other categories. 

World’s Best Airline Classes

  • World’s Best Economy Class: Cathay Pacific 
  • World’s Best Premium Economy Class: Japan Airlines
  • World’s Best Business Class: Qatar Airways 
  • World’s Best First Class: Singapore Airlines

World’s Best Airlines by region

  • Best Airline in Asia: Singapore Airlines
  • Best Airline in India/South Asia: Vistara 
  • Best Airline in Australia/Pacific: Fiji Airways 
  • Best Airline in Africa: Ethiopian Airlines
  • Best Airline in Europe: Turkish Airlines
  • Best Airline in China: Hainan Airlines
  • Best Airline in Eastern Europe: airBaltic 
  • Best Airline in Western Europe: Air France
  • Best Airline in Northern America: Delta Air Lines 

World’s Best Airlines by service

  • World’s Best Low-Cost Airline: AirAsia 
  • World’s Best Long Haul Low-Cost Airline: Scoot
  • World’s Best Cabin Staff: Singapore Airlines
  • World’s Best Airport Services: All Nippon Airways 
  • World’s Most Improved Airline: Saudia 
  • World’s Most Family-Friendly Airline: British Airways 
  • World’s Best Independent Airport Lounge: Plaza Premium 
  • World’s Best Regional Airline: Bangkok Airways 
  • World’s Best Leisure Airline: Air Transat 
  • World’s Best Airline Alliance: Star Alliance

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