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Only One Airline Flying to Hawaii in 10 Safest Airlines Rankings

by Staff

The annual ratings of safest airlines in the world is out and only one airline that flies to Hawaii made the cut of the top 10 airlines. AirlineRatings.com, says it is “the world’s only airline safety and product rating website.” It monitors 385 airlines globally.

Airline safety ratings can, in theory, help passengers, especially in terms of those seeking the most reliable travel experience possible. But whether this helps is anyone’s guess. Understanding how these ratings are determined may help travelers make informed decisions when choosing an airline for flights to Hawaii.

As the aviation industry evolves, safety is, of course, a top priority. When BOH editor Jeff talked with Alaska Airlines’ executive in charge of their integration with Hawaiian, Joe Sprague, who reports to CEO Ben Minicucci, he mentioned their top priority of keeping safety first during distractions caused by the acquisition and how it impacts the airlines’ employees. To us, this was great advice coming from a seasoned airline executive.

Top 25 safest airlines for 2024 by AirlineRatings

  • Air New Zealand
  • Qantas
  • Virgin Australia
  • Etihad Airways
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Finnair
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Alaska Airlines (#10; was #8 for 2023)
  • SAS
  • Korean Air
  • Singapore Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • British Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • Lufthansa/Swiss Group
  • KLM
  • Japan Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines (#21; was #12 for 2023)
  • American Airlines (#22; was #19 for 2023)
  • Air France
  • Air Canada Group
  • United Airlines (#25)

“These airlines are standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation, and launching of new aircraft.”

Airlineratings.com editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas

Alaska Airlines makes the top 10.

That’s right, Alaska is the only airline flying to Hawaii that ranked so high. It’s interesting to note that Hawaiian improved its 21st position last year to 12th for 2024.

These airlines with flights to Hawaii weren’t ranked among the 25 safest airlines.

We have no qualms about flying either of these airlines. Clearly, however, based on the information used to determine these rankings, they did not make this year’s cut.

  • Delta Air Lines (was #20 for 2023)
  • Southwest Airlines

What’s the logic behind these ratings?

Airlineratings.com analyzes “crashes over five years, serious incidents over two years, audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations; government audits, fleet age, and aircrew training.”

The company says, “All airlines have incidents every day, and many are aircraft or engine manufacture issues, not airline operational problems. It is the way the flight crew handles these serious incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one. 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 such as the Airbus A350, Boeing 787, and 777-9.”

You can read their airline ratings criteria here.

Would you consider these when choosing an airline for your flight to Hawaii?

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