If you are flying soon, you should know which airlines are the safest. These are the top 20, a mix of international airlines and five US-based carriers which made the 2023 list of world’s safest airlines.
The annual list is compiled by AirlineRatings.com, which evaluated 385 airlines based on safety records plus innovation including launching of new aircraft, like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787.
Since ecoXplorer is US-based, let’s start with those –
Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Airlines.
Qantas Airlines topped the list of the world’s safest airlines for 2023, with Air New Zealand coming in second and Etihad Airways was placed in third.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are the only two United Kingdom airlines featured in the top 20 world’s safest airlines.
They join safety list “regulars” including Singapore Airlines, KLM and Qatar Airways in the ranking, along with a few surprises.
Qantas, 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 selecting Qantas as the world’s safest airline for 2023, AirlineRatings.com noted that over its 100-year operational history the world’s oldest continuously operating airline has amassed an amazing record of firsts in operations and safety and is now accepted as the industry’s most experienced airline.
According to Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas, the editors analyze: crashes over 5 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 in making their determinations.
However all airlines have incidents every day, and many are aircraft or engine manufacture issues, not airline operational problems. It is the way the flight crew handles these incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one,” Mr Thomas said.
AirlineRatings was launched in June 2013 and rates the safety, in-flight product, and COVID-19 compliance of 385 airlines using its unique seven-star rating system.
It has been used by millions of passengers from 195 countries and has become the industry standard for safety, product, and COVID-19 rating.
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