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A Qatar Airlines flight prepares to land in London.Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images
  • Airline ratings company Skytrax has released its 2024 list of the best airlines in the world.

  • Qatar Airways took the top spot from Singapore Airlines, 2023's winner.

  • No airlines from the US made it in the top 20.

Qatar Airways has reclaimed the title of best airline in the world after losing out in 2023, according to travel industry rating company Skytrax.

Skytrax announced the results of the World Airline Awards, which polled travelers from over 100 countries on their impressions of more than 350 airlines, at a gala on Monday in London.

Once again, airlines from Asia and the Middle East dominated the awards, sweeping the top six spots and taking 12 of the top 20.

European carriers accounted for seven of the top 20 spots, with Turkish Airlines ranked highest in seventh.

No airlines from the US made the top 20 after Delta Air Lines fell one spot in this year's rankings to 21st. Delta was one of only two US airlines to crack the top 50, with United in 42nd.

Here's a closer look at the 20 best airlines in the world for 2024 according to Skytrax:

20. Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines)

Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Saudi Arabian Airlines Airbus. Vytautas Kielaitis/Shutterstock

Saudia, which changed its name from Saudi Arabian Airlines last year, jumped up three spots to finish 20th in this year's rankings.

Saudia is Saudi Arabia's flag carrier and is a member of the Sky Team alliance. It's also one of the few major airlines in the world the not serve any alcohol on board its flights.

19. Etihad Airways

Etihad Airbus A380
An Etihad Airbus A380.Etihad

Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways fell six spots in this year's rankings but managed to stay in the top 20 at 19th.

Etihad reintroduced its Airbus A380 fleet and its luxurious The Residence suite after a four year hiatus.

18. Lufthansa

A Lufthansa Airbus A350 airplane taking off.
A Lufthansa Airbus A350-900.CHRISTOF STACHE via Getty Images

Lufthansa jumped three spots to 18 this year. The German national airline is a member of the Star Alliance and recently introduced its first new aircraft with the long-awaited Allegris cabin.

17. Virgin Atlantic Airways

Virgin Atlantic.
A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner. EQRoy/Shutterstock

Virgin Atlantic jumped up five spots to 17th in this year's rankings. The British carrier, co-owned by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Delta Air Lines, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its founding this year.

16. Vistara

A Vistara aircraft.
NOAH SEELAM / AFP) (Photo by NOAH SEELAM/AFP via Getty Images

Vistara is ranked 16th for the second consecutive year and remains India's top airline. The carrier, founded in 2013 as a joint venture between Tata Group and Singapore Airlines, is in the process of merging with Air India.

15. Iberia

An Iberia A350.
An Iberia A350.Airbus

Spain's Iberia fell one spot to 15th in this year's rankings. The Spanish national carrier is an Oneworld alliance member alongside its International Airlines Group sibling, British Airways.

14. Fiji Airways

Fiji Airways Airbus A330 243
Fiji Airways' Airbus A330-243.Marcio Rodrigo Machado/S3studio/Getty Images

Fiji Airways moved up one spot this year to 14th. Fiji Airways is now Oceania's only representative in the top 20 after Air New Zealand fell to 23rd this year.

13. British Airways

British Airways Boeing 777-300 Extended Range Edition aircraft specifically 777-36N (ER) as seen on final approach landing at London Heathrow International Airport
A British Airways Boeing 777.Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

British Airways moved up five spots in the rankings to 13th place. BA is the highest-ranked of the International Airlines Group (IAG) carriers, which also include Iberia (15th), Aer Lingus (49th), and Vueling (56th).

British Airways also won this year's award for the world's most family friendly airline.

12. Hainan Airlines

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Hainan Airlines' Boeing 737-800.China Daily CDIC/Reuters

Hainan Airlines dropped one spot to 12th this year. Hainan has consistently been China's highest-rated carrier and the only one of the country's four major airlines not owned by the Chinese central government.

11. Korean Air

A Korean Air Airbus 380-800 plane sits at the gate at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California, on July 26, 2023.
A Korean Air A380.DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images

Korean Air slipped one spot to 11th place this year. South Korea's largest airline is still awaiting final approval from the US government for its proposed merger with Asiana, which was announced in late 2020.

10. Swiss International Air Lines

An Airbus A330 passenger aircraft of Swiss airlines arrives from Zurich at JFK International Airport in New York as the Manhattan skyline looms in the background on February 7, 2024.
A Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A330.CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images

Swiss International Airlines jumped two spots in the 2024 ranking to 10th place. Swiss, founded in 2002 following Swissair's bankruptcy, is the highest-ranking member of the Lufthansa Group, which includes Lufthansa (18th), Austrian (28th), and Eurowings (70th).

9. Air France

Air France Boeing 777
An Air France Boeing 777-200.Andia/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Air France slipped two spots to 9th place this year despite winning a host of awards, including the world's best first-class catering, best first-class lounge dining, and best airline in Western Europe.

8. EVA Air

EVA Air
EVA Air Boeing 777Huy Thoai/Shutterstock

Taiwanese carrier EVA Air moved up one spot to 8th this year. The carrier is a subsidiary of container shipping giant Evergreen Group.

7. Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines' 400th aircraft, an Airbus A350-941, is taking off from Barcelona Airport in Barcelona, Spain, on November 23, 2023.
A Turkish Airlines Airbus A350.Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In seventh place is Turkish Airlines. It's once again Europe's highest-ranked airline.

6. Japan Airlines

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A Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.Marcio Rodrigo Machado/S3studioGetty Images

Japan Airlines dropped one spot to sixth this year. The Japanese flag carrier also won this year's award for the world's best premium economy cabin.

5. Cathay Pacific Airways

A Cathay Pacific plane landing.
A Cathay Pacific Airbus A350.CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific moved into the top five this year, up from eighth position in 2023. Cathay also took home the prize for this year's best economy-class cabin.

4. All Nippon Airways (ANA)

All Nippon Airways Airbus A321neo
An ANA Airbus A321neo.ryo a/Shutterstock.com

All Nippon Airways or ANA fell one spot to fourth place this year. Despite that, the Japanese carrier managed to snag awards for the world's best airport services and the best airline staff service in Asia.

3. Emirates

An Emirates airplane, the double-decker Airbus A380 with registration A6-EOO is approaching Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport arriving at runway 27
An Emirates Airbus A380.Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Dubai's Emirates Airline moves into the top 3 this year after spending 2023 in fourth position. Emirates remains the world's largest operator of the A380 Superjumbo, with more than 100 in its fleet.

2. Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380, specifically A380-841 aircraft as seen on final approach landing at New York JFK, John F. Kennedy International Airport on 14 November 2019
A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380.Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

After spending 2023 as the world's best airline, Singapore Airlines is back in second place, a position it also held in 2022 and 2021. Second place is nothing to scoff at. The airline also picked up honors for the world's best cabin staff and the world's best first-class cabin.

1. Qatar Airways

 an Airbus A350 of Qatar Airways company after taking off from the Toulouse-Blagnac airport
A Qatar Airways A350-900.PASCAL PAVANI/AFP via Getty Images

Qatar Airways takes the No. 1 spot again after falling second behind Singapore Airlines last year. It's a familiar position for the airline, which also claimed top honors in 2022, 2021, and 2019.

This year, Qatar Airways also won awards for the best business class cabin and lounge.

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