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Qantas reclaims title of world’s safest airline

Qantas planes lined up and people wearing masks in an airport.
Qantas has taken out the top spot for being the world's safest airline. (Source: Getty)

Iconic Aussie airline Qantas may have faced its fair share of challenges over the past couple of years but it has managed to reclaim its title as being the world’s safest airline for 2023.

Airline Ratings has released its official list of the world's safest airlines, with Qantas taking out the top spot after being beaten by Air New Zealand last year.

AirlineRatings.com editors said that, over its 100-year operational history, Qantas was the world’s oldest continuously operating airline.

Over that time it has amassed an amazing record of firsts in operations and safety and is now accepted as the industry’s most experienced airline.

AirlineRatings.com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas said the list was created by analysing crashes over five years, serious incidents over two years, audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations, fleet age, expert analysis of pilot training, and COVID protocols.

“However, all airlines have incidents every day, and many are aircraft or engine-manufacture issues, not airline-operational problems,” Thomas said.

“It is the way the flight crew handles these incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one. Our top 20 safest airlines 2023 are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence, and the launching of new, more-advanced aircraft like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787.”

The top 20 safest airlines in the world 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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