Air New Zealand Soars to the Top as the Safest Airline in 2024, Outpacing Rival Qantas in Aviation Safety Rankings

Air New Zealand has reaffirmed its status as the world's safest airline in 2024, reclaiming the top position from Qantas, as reported by This marks a return to the pinnacle for New Zealand's national carrier, having previously held the title in 2022. Qantas, the Australian carrier that secured the top spot last year, now holds the second position on the list. Virgin Australia, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways complete the top five in this year's rankings. Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas emphasized, "Our top 25 safest airlines in 2024 are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence, and the launching of new, more advanced aircraft," highlighting models like the Airbus A350, Boeing 787, and Boeing 777-9. The safety evaluation considered various factors, such as crash history over the last five years, serious incidents in the past two years, industry and government audits, fleet age, and crew training. In a closely contested competition, Air New Zealand secured its lead over Qantas, partially due to the latter's fleet age.

In the United States, only Alaska Airlines secured a position in the top 25, ranking at No. 10. Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines, and United Airlines also made the list at No. 21, No. 22, and No. 25, respectively. This performance is notably lower than the previous year when Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines all secured positions in the top 20.

This is the full list of the 25 safest airlines in the world for 2024, according to

  1. Air New Zealand
  2. Qantas
  3. Virgin Australia
  4. Etihad Airways
  5. Qatar Airways
  6. Emirates
  7. All Nippon Airways
  8. Finnair
  9. Cathay Pacific Airways
  10. Alaska Airlines
  11. SAS
  12. Korean Air
  13. Singapore Airlines
  14. EVA Air
  15. British Airways
  16. Turkish Airlines
  17. TAP Air Portugal
  18. Lufthansa/Swiss Group
  19. KLM
  20. Japan Airlines
  21. Hawaiian Airlines
  22. American Airlines
  23. Air France
  24. Air Canada Group
  25. United Airlines

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