In May, ranked the top premium airlines around the world in 2024. The website that rates air travel products and safety judged airlines on both criteria, as well as customer reviews, fleet age, and innovation.

Five of the website’s editors, who combined have more than 100 years of experience in the travel industry, decided the winners.

The ranking also includes categories for specific features, such as the best economy and business classes and the best long-haul travel airline in each region.

Read on to find out which airlines topped the list.

5. Emirates

Emirates Airlines Airbus A380-842 prepares for takeoff at Los Angeles International Airport with the city and mountains in the background
An Emirates flight prepares to take off from Los Angeles. AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images

The Dubai-based airline Emirates ranks No. 5 on the list and also won the website’s awards for best premium economy and in-flight entertainment.

As Business Insider previously reported, Emirates launched its first premium economy cabins in 2021, with upscale features such as reclining seats, leg rests, and footrests.

4. Air New Zealand

An Air New Zealand plane flies in front of the Sydney skyline
An Air New Zealand flight arrives at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia. Bai Xuefei/Xinhua via Getty Images

In addition to ranking fourth, Air New Zealand was awarded best economy class and was the top pick for long-haul travel in Australia and the Pacific.

Since 2011, the airline has had lie-flat bed seats in economy. BI’s reporter Taylor Rains previously booked a seat — known as a “Skycouch” — for a 17-hour flight and found that the added comfort made the long flight go by quickly.

BI’s reporter Monica Humphries flew with Air New Zealand in business class. She was impressed by spacious seats with footrests, three-course meals, and Champagne service before takeoff.

3. Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific airways logo displayed on Cathay Pacific City building, the headquarters of Cathay Pacific Airways.
The headquarters of Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong. Geovien So/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Cathay Pacific Airways also received the website’s excellence in long-haul travel award for South-East Asia.

BI previously reported that Cathay Pacific Airways was included in Skytrax’s roundup of 10 five-star-rated airlines.

2. Korean Air

A Korean Air Airbus A380-861 is seen at Los Angeles Airport (LAX), in Los Angeles, California.
A Korean Air plane parked on the tarmac in Los Angeles. DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images

No. 2 on the list, Korean Air, won the excellence in long-haul travel title for North Asia.

Rains reviewed her experience on a 12-hour flight in Korea Air’s business class and said the cabin looked like a private jet with private, boxed-in quarters, and her seat felt more like a hotel room with a lie-flat bed, an amenity kit, and storage bins for her belongings.

1. Qatar Airways

A Qatar flight in the air with clouds above it
A Qatar Airways flight prepares to land in London. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In addition to being the world’s No. 1 premium airline, Qatar Airways won the best business class award for the fifth year in a row and received the excellence in long-haul travel award for the Middle East. editor in chief Geoffrey Thomas said Qatar Airways was the No. 1 pick for many of the criteria, according to the company’s website. In passenger reviews, Thomas noted the luxury airline scored far “ahead of all airlines, and its consistency and high standard of service delivery came through in the feedback.”

BI previously reported that Qatar Airways has impressive business-class suites, lavish complimentary amenities, gourmet food, and luxurious turn-down service.