The Oscars of the aviation industry went down in London recently as the Skytrax Awards named the best airline of the year as well as its top 100 list and a number of category winners.

Travellers from across the world voted in the largest airline passenger satisfaction survey to determine the award winners, with more than 21 million entries, and 350 airlines featured in the final results.

Award winners were announced at a gala ceremony held on 24 June 2024 at the iconic Fairmont Windsor Park, close to London Heathrow Airport.

Qatar took home the prized number-one airline ranking for the eighth time in the 25-year history of the Skytrax awards.

This is a proud moment for Qatar Airways,” Qatar Airways Group CEO,  Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, said.

“I am honoured to share this award with my dedicated team. This award is a testimony to our relentless commitment to providing unparalleled service and innovation.

“We look forward to continuing to serve our customers with the highest level of excellence.”

Qatar Airways Group CEO, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer (Supplied)

“This is a remarkable achievement for Qatar Airways to win this World’s Best Airline title for 2024, the eighth time they have triumphed,” Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted said.

“We congratulate Qatar Airways on this success which should be a source of great pride and satisfaction for the airline management and staff.”

In addition to being named the World’s Best Airline 2024, Qatar Airways also scooped the top awards for the World’s Best Business Class, the World’s Best Business Class Lounge and the Best Airline in the Middle East.

The 2023 Airline of the Year winner, Singapore Airlines, was ranked second in the world for 2024, with Emirates in third place, ANA All Nippon Airways fourth, and Cathay Pacific in fifth position out of more than 350 airlines included in the survey results.

Notable category winners

  • Saudi Arabian Airlines – World’s Most Improved Airline
  • Cathay Pacific – World’s Best Economy Class
  • Japan Airlines – World’s Best Premium Economy Class
  • Fiji Airways – Best Airline APAC, Best Airline Staff Service APAC
  • AirAsia – World’s Best Low-Cost Airline
  • Scoot – World’s Best Long Haul Low-Cost Airline
  • Volotea – Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe
  • British Airways – World’s Most Family Friendly Airline
  • Plaza Premium – World’s Best Independent Airport Lounge

Local Carriers

Aussie Airlines played second fiddle to Fiji in the APAC region with Qantas placing highest of any of our carriers at 24th, two places behind Air New Zealand 22nd whilst Virgin Australia came in at 46, REX 56 and Jetstar 69.

The World’s Top 20 Airlines in 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

View the entire top 100 HERE.

PUBLISHED ON: by Zach Havard