Qantas regains coveted top spot for important airline feature

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Qantas has reason to celebrate after a horror few years after being named the world’s safest airline for 2023.

The Australian airline has regained AirlineRatings.com’s top spot for safety, beating last year’s winner Air New Zealand by “the finest of margins”.

The website takes into account serious incidents, recent fatal accidents, audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies, profitability, safety initiatives, expert pilot training assessment and fleet age.

Qantas has beat Air New Zealand to regain the world’s safest airline title. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Jeremy PiperQantas has beat Air New Zealand to regain the world’s safest airline title. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Jeremy Piper

Qantas has long reigned as the world’s safest airline before it was stripped of its title by Air New Zealand in 2022.

It held the title from 2014 to 2017 as well as from 2019 to 2021, with no clear winner found in 2018.

Air New Zealand was knocked down into second place, followed by Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Singapore 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,” AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said.

“In fact, the safety margins between these top twenty airlines are very small, they are all outstanding airlines.”

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 Airlines

Jet Star managed to claim one of the top 10 spots for safest budget airline. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan PeledJet Star managed to claim one of the top 10 spots for safest budget airline. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled

The ranking site also listed for the first time the safest budget carriers from the 385 airlines that it monitors after the public asked for it.

Shared in alphabetical order, Australia’s Jetstar also made the list.

Top 10 safest low-cost airlines for 2023:

  • Air Arabia
  • AirAsia Group (including. AirAsia, AirAsia X, AirAsia Thailand, AirAsia Philippines and AirAsia India)
  • Allegiant
  • Air Baltic
  • easyJet
  • FlyDubai
  • Frontier
  • Jetstar Group
  • Jetblue
  • Indigo
  • Ryanair
  • Scoot
  • Southwest
  • Spicejet
  • Spirit
  • Vueling
  • Vietjet
  • Volaris
  • WestJet
  • Wizz

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