The 20 safest airlines in the world has just published its annual list of the 20 safest airlines in the world. The list ranks the largest and most well-known airlines, as well as the safest low-cost airlines.

It’s been a tough few years for airlines, from the massive drop in air travel caused by the pandemic to high-profile scenes like the collapse of Southwest Airlines last week, which canceled thousands of flights in the US over the period. on vacation and has prompted an investigation by the Department of Transportation.

But if there may be good news when it comes to air travel: “I would say the airline system is incredibly secure,” says Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of, which oversees inflight safety and products. . for 385 airlines.

“The Covid pandemic has put enormous pressure on airlines around the world with long flight delays and cancellations testing even the most loyal and understanding passengers,” says Thomas. “From a safety perspective, the airlines have done a remarkable job of getting their pilots and cabin crew operational, and their maintenance engineers are the unsung heroes who have looked after the aircraft. There have been no accidents during the pandemic period attributable to Covid.”

In developing its list, considered a variety of factors, including the age of the fleet, serious incidents, fatalities, audits by aviation government and industry bodies; government audits; industry-leading security initiatives and more.

“Our twenty safest airlines stand out in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation and the launch of new aircraft,” says Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of “In fact, the safety margins among these top 20 airlines are very small, they are all outstanding airlines.”

Thomas says the site only looked at serious incidents when making its determinations. “All airlines have incidents every day, and many are aircraft manufacturing issues, not airline operational issues,” says Thomas. “It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one. So lumping all the incidents together is very misleading.”

Qantas, which has been named the safest airline for 2023, is in first place this year. It replaces last year’s winner, Air New Zealand.

It’s not the first time Qantas has risen to the top: the 100-year-old Australian airline was named the world’s safest airline from 2014 to 2017. In 2018, it was in the top 20 when AirlineRatings awarded 20 airlines together. Then he won again for three years in a row: 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Several US airlines made the top 20 list, with Alaska Airlines in first place, followed by Hawaiian Airlines, United, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

“There were no big surprises this year, as the major airlines continue to invest resources in training their pilots and their aircraft,” says Thomas. “The load has been much higher than normal bringing aircraft back from storage and additional training to get pilots back to work post-Covid.”

AirlineRatings also ranked the safest low-cost airlines, with US carriers Allegiant, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and Westjet on the list.

Scroll down to see both lists: the world’s safest airlines and the safest low-cost airlines.

The 20 safest airlines by 2023

  1. Qantas
  2. air new zealand
  3. Etihad Airlines
  4. Qatar airlines
  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. km
  19. american airlines
  20. delta airlines

The 20 safest low-cost airlines for 2023

*in alphabetical order

  • air arabia
  • AirAsia Group (AirAsia, AirAsia X, AirAsia Thailand, AirAsia Philippines and AirAsia India)
  • Loyal
  • baltic air
  • easyjet
  • FlyDubai
  • Border
  • Indigo
  • jetstar group
  • jetblue
  • ryanair
  • Shove off
  • south west
  • Spicejet
  • Spirit
  • flying
  • vietjet
  • you will fly
  • Westjet
  • Wizard


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