Ranked: The 20 safest airlines in the world for 2023


AirlineRatings.com has released its annual list of the world’s 20 safest airlines. The list ranks the largest and best-known carriers – and Australia’s national carrier has well and truly held its own.
Qantas has taken out top spot as the world’s safest airline for 2023. Image: Getty

It’s been a rough few years for the airlines, from the massive slump in air travel caused by the pandemic to high-profile scenes like last week’s meltdown for Southwest Airlines, which cancelled thousands of flights across the U.S. during the holiday season and has sparked an investigation by the Department of Transportation.

Once again, Australia held its own with Qantas named the world’s safest airline, followed by Air New Zealand and Etihad.

It’s not the first time that Qantas has won: The 100-year-old Australian carrier was named the world’s safest airline from 2014 to 2017.

In 2018, it was in the top 20 when AirlineRatings awarded 20 airlines jointly. Then it won again for three years in a row: 2019, 2020 and 2021.

The List

Top 20 safest airlines for 2023
  1. Qantas
  2. Air New Zealand
  3. Etihad Airways
  4. Qatar Airways
  5. Singapore Airlines
  6. TAP Air Portugal
  7. Emirates
  8. Alaska Airlines
  9. EVA Air
  10. Virgin Australia/Atlantic
  11. Cathay Pacific Airways
  12. Hawaiian Airlines
  13. SAS
  14. United Airlines
  15. Lufthansa/Swiss Group
  16. Finnair
  17. British Airways
  18. KLM
  19. American Airlines
  20. Delta Air Lines

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Top 20 safest low-cost airlines for 2023

*In alphabetical order

  • Air Arabia
  • AirAsia 
  • Allegiant
  • Air Baltic
  • Easyjet
  • FlyDubai
  • Frontier
  • Jetstar 
  • Jetblue
  • Indigo
  • Ryanair
  • Scoot
  • Southwest
  • Spicejet
  • Spirit
  • Vueling
  • Vietjet
  • Volaris
  • Westjet
  • Wizz​

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