AirlineRatings.com revealed its list of safest airlines for 2023 after studying 385 airlines. The list ranks the largest and the best-known carriers—as well as the most secure low-cost airlines.
The last few years have been rough for the airlines, like the massive recession in air travel caused during the pandemic, which resulted in the cancellation of thousands of flights across the United States during the holiday season. Here is the list of the 20 safest airlines:
As per AirlinesRating.com, Qantas Airlines has gained the first position in the top 20 safest airlines for 2023. This Australian airline has a 100-year optional history and has gained the trust of passengers with time. It is considered the oldest and the most experienced airline. Also, this airline has real-time monitoring of its engines using satellite communications which can easily detect any problem which might become a major safety issue. Over the last 60 years, Qantas has either been the first or second airline in the world to implement 16 major safety upgrades to its fleet.
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand was considered the safest airline in the year 2022.
It has proved itself by taking a successful fleet in some of the most challenging weather conditions and remote environments. Also, it is making some leading technical innovations and has built passengers’ trust over time. It has also implemented many safety improvements such as the Future Air Navigation System; real-time monitoring of its engines across its fleet, and precision approaches around mountains in the cloud, using RNP. The crew members always ensure the safety of passengers, even in times of COVID it was the first flight in the world to ask its customers to get vaccinated or tested before onboarding.
Etihad Airways is the national carrier of UAE. Mainly known for its Best First Class services, it also has the Best Cabin Crew that perfectly knows how to satisfy the needs of its passengers. It operates in about 70 different passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. It focuses on improving aviation sustainability for both the airline as well as for entire industry.
Qatar Airlines is based in Qatar and flies worldwide except Antarctica. With the second longest non-stop flight in the world, it travels from Doha, Qatar to Auckland, New Zealand. Its base is at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar and has stoppage on about 150 destinations. It primarily focuses on Customer Service and is known for its comfort, fine cuisine and the latest in-flight entertainment. It is a modern aircraft and flies a broad range of aircraft. In 2022, it was voted World’s Best Airline for a record seventh time. Even in difficult situations like COVID-19, Qatar Airways has continued its operations and secured passengers’ confidence.
Singapore Airlines is the national carrier airline of the Republic of Singapore based at Singapore Changi Airport. When it comes to Customer experience, this airline has always tried to implement innovative features to provide comfort to its passengers. It was the first airline to have satellite communications for passengers, on-demand seatback entertainment screens for economy, and first-class suites on its A380.
TAP Air Portugal
TAP Air Portugal is one of the very famous airlines in Europe due to its low fare. It is also considered a cheap flight to Europe and is the best way to travel the continent. But along with its low prices, it has regularly tried to maintain the safety standards for passengers and taken care of their comfort too. They have installed Portuguese-designed Recaro seats in all classes which are modern, spacious, and comfortable.
Emirates operates from Dubai International Airport. It is the world’s largest international airline which flies to 158 destinations in 85 countries. Also, it is the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 family of aircraft. This airline offers fantastic services to all of its passengers from economy to first class. In addition, it also provides modern in-flight entertainment and better-than-average plane food. It provides amenity kits not only to business and first-class passengers but also to economy class to keep them refreshed throughout the journey.
Alaska Airlines is one of the major American airlines and is based in SeaTac, Washington. It operates in 115 destinations with approximately 1,200 daily flights in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. In 2021, it was considered the safest airline in the U.S. and the eighth safest airline in the world, and it has continuously tried to maintain its ranking. Its on-time performance is much better than other American Airlines. Also, it doesn’t charge quite extra for luggage. Customer satisfaction for first and business-class passengers is always up to the mark in this airline. When it comes to comfort, Alaska Airlines doesn’t offer lie-flat seats in its premium-class cabins, so customers generally avoid it for a long journey. Generally, it operates within North America and mostly concentrates on West Coast and Alaskan regions, so you have to pick another flight if you want to go elsewhere.
EVA Air, also known as Evergreen Airways is a Taiwanese international airline based at Taoyuan International Airport near Taipei, Taiwan. It provides its passengers and cargo services to over 40 international destinations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. It has redesigned its Royal Laurel Class seats with adjustable privacy panels and built-in storage cabinets to create more comfortable private space. Also, it has upgraded the in-flight entertainment with 18-inch HD touchscreen monitors with noise-canceling headphones.
You can get your meal customized from a top-notch dining and wine collection. Premium Laurel Class can be converted into your personal mobile office and it has a reading lamp also. It also offers an overnight kit consisting of a cleanser and other treatments. The Premium Economy Class satisfies both leisure and business flyers. It offers 38-inch long and 19.5-inch wide seating space with ample leg room. It offers a pillow and blanket set and travel-sized toiletries for each passenger. Fresh meals are served with sparkling wines and famous beers. Economy Class provides fresh, healthy and borderless cuisine for passengers.
Virgin Australia is an Australian airline that provides its services to over 30 destinations across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands. Under the Virgin brand, it is the largest airline by fleet size. In addition to providing supreme comfort, the Business Class cabin offers personalized service as well. Also, passengers will enjoy the airline’s fresh and delicious menu, including hot and cold meals, Australian beers, wines, soft drinks and hot beverages. Economy Class provides value-for-money comfort and is highly preferable if you are traveling for business or leisure.
Virgin Atlantic is a British airline with its head-quarter in Crawley, England. It offers 3 classes, namely – Economy, Premium Economy, and Upper Class. Economy Class provides complimentary drinks to the passengers on board along with personal video screens and headphones to each of them. It offers extra legroom for comfortable traveling. Premium Economy offers a wider leather seat along with extra legroom. Upper class provides recliner seats to its passengers.
Cathay Pacific Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways is a carrier flight of Hong Kong with its primary hub located at Hong Kong International Airport. It serves more than 200 destinations with 8120 connections. Also, it offers cheap air tickets to Asia with a cushier experience full of benefits. In Addition, it provides premium services to its economical passengers with spacious seats, unique menus, and many entertainment options. As you upgrade to the premium economy, you’ll get a reclining seat, increased leg clearance and leather-padded footrests. There is also a slight increase in baggage allowance, plus extra bonuses like a welcome drink on board and a convenience kit with socks, lampshade, earplugs, toothbrush, and toothpaste.
Hawaiian Airlines is the largest commercial carrier flying to and from Hawaii. It is the 10th largest commercial airline in the USA and is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. In total, it has 130 routes to 8 different countries among which 106 routes are domestic while 24 are international. Also, it was named the world’s best domestic airline in 2022. The flight staff is friendly and uses local vendors to provide free snacks even on the shortest flights. This airline has played a vital role in shaping the modern history and development of Hawaii. It is the state’s largest and longest-serving airline, celebrating its centennial in 2029. Passengers generally prefer Boeing 717 for island hopping.
SAS, originally known as Scandinavian Airlines is the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. It has both long-haul and short-haul classes. Economy class doesn’t provide any free food or free drinks. In Economy Flex cabin, basic food and beverages are provided on board along with special headrests. In contrast, SAS’s Business Class is quite good, with new Business Sleeper Seats just installed on its A330s and A340s.
United Airlines is a major American airline which is headquartered at the Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois. They provide services to 229 domestic and 134 international destinations. International tickets are relatively cheaper and good in-flight amenities are provided to the passengers. Also, there is no weight restriction on carry-on and personal items. Seven different service levels are offered by this airline such as basic economy, united economy, premium economy, first class, business class, united premium plus, and United Polaris Business. Also, the lounges have showers and rest stations, buffets, and custom dining experiences. However, Polaris Business is only offered to selected guests. In this class, guests can also request mattress cushions and sleep-in bedding designed by Saks Fifth Avenue.
Lufthansa is the flag carrier of Germany. It is the second-largest airline in Europe in terms of passengers carried when combined with its subsidiaries. It operates in 211 destinations in 74 countries. As it is Europe’s only 5-star airline, it always tries to offer great comfort and service quality to its passengers. Recently, Lufthansa has presented its very new innovation – the Explorer, which is a cabin design for long-haul aircraft and continuously trying to convert travel into absolute luxury. Also, the airline has converted the social area of the plane into a projection system that will simulate the night and day sky to alleviate the passenger experience. Also, the new A330 will feature private luxury rooms for passenger use.
Finnair is the largest airline of Finland. It offers 3 different types of tickets – Light, Classic and Flex which are available for all travel classes i.e, Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class. Light ticket is ideal when you have to travel affordably on a set schedule. You can travel with carry-on only while enjoying the Business Class comfort on board. Classic ticket is the most popular ticket type and is perfect for flexible travels with an option to re-schedule. It includes at least one checked bag. Flex tickets are fully refundable and is a go-to choice for many travelers nowadays. It includes at least one checked bag along with the advantage of selecting your seat in advance.
British Airways is the flag carrier of UK and its main hub is at Heathrow Airport in London, England. There is no doubt that British Airways has one of the friendliest and most efficient crews among airlines. Also, it has won awards for Most Improved Airline in Europe, Best Airline Staff in United Kingdom and Best Cabin Crew in the United Kingdom. As far as airport and onboard product quality and staff service are concerned, it receives a 4-Star rating. Service rating includes both cabin staff and ground staff, and product rating includes seats, amenities, food & beverages, IFE, cleanliness, etc.
KLM airline is the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands. Its primary hub is nearby Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It offers its services in 140 destinations. KLM is a great choice when it comes to comfortable traveling in Europe. It offers high-quality service in economy and business classes. In 2021, it was rated as a 4-star COVID-19 Safe Airline due to its high-class services. Based on analysis of crash and pilot-related incident data, AirlineRatings has rated this airline as seven out of seven in terms of safety. It provides high-quality products to its passengers.
KLM’s Business Class offers comfortable seats which can transform into fully lie-flat beds along with deluxe pillows, blankets and an amenity kit. Long-haul economy class offers free meals, on-demand video and audio, and blankets and pillows. Extra room is available at a fee with KLM’s Economy Comfort with a seat pitch of at least 35 inches.
American airline is a major US-based airline headquartered in Texas. According to fleet size, scheduled passenger miles, and revenue passenger miles, it is the largest airline in the world. The mileage redemption options on American Airlines are excellent and the airline is considered to be safe. A variety of ticket types are available for travelers of all budgets and it offers flights to many destinations worldwide. Seating in first-class and business class-is typically more spacious and comfortable.
In some cases, you can even find lie-flat seats on long-haul flights. The seat pitch in Main Cabin Extra seats ranges from 33 to 39 inches, which is a bit larger than the 30 to 32 inches in Economy Class. Any flight with WiFi access offers passengers a free selection of movies, music, and TV shows that can be streamed from personal devices. Health safety is a priority for American Airlines, which has been accredited by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC). As a result, the airline has implemented a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program.
Delta Air Lines
Delta Airlines is one of the major airlines of the United States and a legacy carrier which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. It is the second-largest airline in the world, flying to 325 destinations in 52 countries. Throughout its history, Delta has consistently been recognized for excellence in passenger experience, customer service, operational performance, and workplace culture. For first-class passengers, two bags are checked for free, they receive an amenity kit that includes a pillow and blanket, headphones, complimentary wine and beer, and a fresh meal. In addition, Delta offers more direct flights than most other airlines. With the free Wi-Fi onboard, passengers can watch movies and shows from their favorite apps without any additional charge.