names Air New Zealand as world’s safest airline

Air New Zealand 787-9
Photo Credit: Cammynz via Wikimedia Commons. has recognised Air New Zealand as the safest airline for the year 2024. This prestigious title comes with a razor-thin victory, narrowly edging out last year’s champion, Qantas.

A Neck-and-Neck Battle

Geoffrey Thomas, the Editor-in-Chief of, revealed, “Our Top Twenty-Five Safest Airlines are all standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation, and launching of new aircraft.”

The competition is fierce, with minuscule safety margins differentiating these top airlines. Between Air New Zealand and Qantas, the difference is a mere 1.5 points, emphasizing the incredibly close contest.

The Method Behind the Ranking takes a number of factors into account in its evaluation process.

The metrics considered include serious incidents, recent fatal accidents, audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies, profitability, industry-leading safety initiatives, expert pilot training assessment, and fleet age.

However, uncontrollable events like bird strikes, turbulence injuries, weather diversions, and lightning strikes are excluded from the evaluation, as airlines have no jurisdiction over such occurrences.


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Air New Zealand’s Safety Triumph

Choosing Air New Zealand as the safest airline for 2024,’s editors highlighted the airline’s unwavering commitment to safety.

Air New Zealand has not only excelled across a broad safety spectrum but has also paid attention to the minutest details. The airline’s pilots navigate through some of the most challenging environments with precision and expertise.

Image of a flying Air New Zealand Boeing 787
Air New Zealand Boeing 787 – Photo Credit Air New Zealand

The Safest Airlines for 2024

The Top Twenty-Five Safest Airlines for 2024 as found by, in order of ranking, are as follows:

  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
A Jetstar Dreamliner on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Jetstar Airways.

Top 20 Low-Cost Airlines for 2024

For budget-conscious travelers prioritizing safety, the Top Twenty Low-Cost Airlines for 2024, listed in order, are:

  1. Jetstar
  2. easyJet
  3. Ryanair
  4. Wizz
  5. Norwegian
  6. Frontier
  7. Vueling
  8. Vietjet
  9. Southwest
  10. Volaris
  11. flydubai
  12. AirAsia Group
  13. Cebu Pacific
  14. Sun Country
  15. Spirit
  16. Westjet
  17. JetBlue
  18. Air Arabia
  19. Indigo
  20. Eurowings

Geoffrey Thomas commends these low-cost carriers, stating, “These airlines all have an excellent safety culture and low incident rates.”

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