Emirates and Etihad have been ranked among the top 10 airlines in the world in 2024 by AirlineRatings.com. Meanwhile, Qatar Airways was named the airline of the year, surpassing previous winners.

The Airline Excellence Awards, judged by five editors with over 100 years of industry experience, are based on an assessment of 12 criteria including fleet age, passenger reviews, transport profitability, safety standards, and more.

In 2024, the top 25 airlines in the world are as follows:

  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

Qatar Airways' business class has been recognized as the best for five consecutive years, Emirates has been awarded for the best onboard entertainment and premium economy class, while Etihad Airways has been acknowledged as the most environmentally friendly airline for the third year in a row.