Qantas named world’s safest airline for 2023 by, the world’s leading aviation safety and product rating website, has named Qantas as the world’s safest airline for 2023. The Australian carrier narrowly beat out last year’s winner, Air New Zealand, for the top spot on the annual list of the Top Twenty Safest Airlines.

“Our Top Twenty Safest Airlines are all standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation, and launching of new aircraft. In fact, the margins between these top twenty airlines are very small, they are all outstanding airlines,” said Geoffrey Thomas, Editor-in-Chief of

In determining the rankings, considers a wide range of factors, including serious incidents, fatal accidents, profitability, industry-leading safety initiatives, and fleet age, as well as audits from aviation governing bodies and expert pilot training assessments.

The editors of noted that Qantas, the world’s oldest continuously operating airline, has a long history of safety and innovation, including being a leader in the development of the Future Air Navigation System and implementing real-time monitoring of its engines using satellite communications.

Other airlines that were on the list include Air New Zealand, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Emirates, Alaska Airlines, EVA Air, Virgin Australia/Atlantic, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, SAS, United Airlines, Lufthansa/Swiss Group, Finnair, British Airways, KLM, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

In addition to the Top Twenty Safest Airlines, also released its list of the Top Twenty Safest Low-Cost Airlines for 2023, which includes Air Arabia, AirAsia Group, Allegiant, Air Baltic, EasyJet, FlyDubai, Frontier, Jetstar Group, JetBlue, Indigo, Ryanair, Scoot, Southwest, SpiceJet, Spirit, Vueling, VietJet, Volaris, WestJet, and Wizz. 

All of these carriers have passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit and have strong safety records.

According to Thomas, only serious incidents were considered in the determination process.

He added: “All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems. It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one. So just lumping all incidents together is very misleading.”, launched in 2013, uses a unique seven-star rating system to evaluate the safety and in-flight products of 385 airlines. Its ratings have been relied upon by millions of travelers from 180 countries and have become the go-to source for safety, product, and safety ratings in the aviation industry. Its editorial team boasts a wealth of experience, with almost 50 international and national awards and a combined total of more than 28 industry books authored or co-authored among them.

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