Qantas dethrones Air New Zealand as world's safest airline, according to AirlineRatings

  • 04/01/2023
Qantas has replaced Air New Zealand as the safest airline in the world for 2023 according to
At least we still have the Bledisloe. Photo credit: Getty Images

Qantas has replaced Air New Zealand as the safest airline in the world for 2023 in a new report.

The Australian airline beat Aotearoa's national carrier by "the finest of margins" in the annual rankings by

The website's editors said of Qantas: "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."

In determining the world's safest airlines, the website's editors say they analysed factors including crash records, fleet age, profitability, pilot training assessment, audits from aviation's governing and industry bodies, and COVID-19 protocols.

Air NZ's second place ranking comes after it was ranked 30th best overall airline in the world by Skytrax in 2022.'s 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 Air Lines. launched in 2013 and rates the safety, in-flight product and COVID-19 compliance of 385 airlines.