Qantas has started 2023 off on the right foot, as the Australian national carrier has been named the safest airline in the world by AirlineRatings.com.
Qantas ranked first from 2014 through 2018 and again in 2019 and 2020. However, in 2022, Air New Zealand surpassed Qantas and climbed to the top slot, while Qantas fell to eighth.
However, the order has been restored for 2023, with Qantas resuming its top spot.
There are 385 airlines included on the annual list compiled by the only airline safety and product ratings website in the world, which uses a variety of criteria to determine which airlines make the cut. These criteria include the number of serious incidents, recent fatal accidents, audit results from aviation’s governing and industry bodies, profitability, industry-leading safety initiatives, expert pilot training assessment, and fleet age.
Qantas made the cut, and two other Australian airlines: Virgin Australia (ranked #10) and Jetstar (ranked #20 among the safest low-cost carriers).
Airline Ratings editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas said, “Our top 20 safest airlines are all standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation, and launching new aircraft.”
Continuing from that, the statement said, “In selecting Qantas as the world’s safest airline for 2023, AirlineRatings.com editors noted that over its 100-year operational history, the world’s oldest continuously operating airline has accumulated an amazing record of firsts in operations and safety, and is now accepted as the industry’s most experienced airline.”
Like many other airlines, Qantas felt the pandemic’s effects on their business.
There was no lack of mishaps on the national airline in the 2022 yearbook, from delays and lost luggage to strikes and the need to put executives to work as ground handlers.
Even before the safety gong rang, things were already looking up for the flying kangaroo.
Qantas had the greatest on-time record of any major domestic airline in October, albeit it was still poorer than usual.
During the same period, it went from being Australia’s worst-performing airline in terms of cancellations to the best.
The Top 20 safest airlines
- Air New Zealand
- Etihad Airways
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- TAP Air Portugal
- Alaska Airlines
- EVA Air
- Virgin Australia/Atlantic
- Cathay Pacific Airways
- Hawaiian Airlines
- United Airlines
- Lufthansa/Swiss Group
- British Airways
- American Airlines
- Delta Air Lines.