More than 600 commercial airlines are operating around the world today. It's impossible to keep track of all of them, but you can rest easy knowing that some airlines are safer than others.
To help you better understand the airline industry, we've compiled a list of the safest airlines in the world for 2023.
In 2023, the following airlines will be the safest in the world:
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand is one of the safest airlines in the world. It has never had a fatal crash and has won many awards for its safety record.
Air New Zealand began flying in 1940 as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL). It was renamed Air New Zealand in 1965 after the country's national airline was formed. The company was privatized in 1989 but still retains its New Zealand nationality.
Air New Zealand operates from hubs at Auckland Airport and Christchurch International Airport; it also has a code-share agreement with Virgin Australia to operate out of Melbourne Airport.
Qatar Airways is a state-owned airline in Qatar. It was founded in 1993 and had its headquarters in Doha. The airline operates an all-wide-body fleet of more than 200 planes, including the Airbus A380 superjumbo. It flies to over 150 destinations worldwide and has a large presence in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and North America. Qatar Airways has won many awards for its service, including the Skytrax World Airline Awards for four consecutive years from 2015 to 2018. The airline has also received high customer ratings on TripAdvisor and OpenTripAdvisor.
Emirates is the world's third-largest airline in terms of passengers. Over 140 destinations in 80 countries are served by its 250 aircraft. The airline was founded in 1985 by a government decree, becoming the first private company in the UAE to operate an airline.
Emirates has won numerous awards for its service quality, including the best airline in the world by Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax World Airline Awards. In addition to its excellent reputation for customer service, Emirates is known for its comfort on board, with wide seats and large windows.
The national carrier of Singapore is Singapore Airlines. Oneworld affiliate and member of SkyTeamalliance. The airline has been named by Skytrax as the world's best airline for five consecutive years from 2013 to 2017 and has also won the top prize at the annual AirlineRatings.com Awards for three consecutive years in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Singapore Airlines consistently delivers excellent customer service and high safety standards. It is consistently ranked as one of the most prestigious airlines in the world by several publications, including Skytrax and JACDEC (Japan Aviation Consumer's Association).
Cathay Pacific Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways is one of the safest airlines in the world. It has been awarded Skytrax's world's best airline award for 20 consecutive years and has been ranked as the most reliable airline by TripAdvisor for nine consecutive years.
Hong Kong-based carrier operates extensive networks across Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. The airline owns subsidiaries such as Dragon Air and Cathay Dragon which operate flights on behalf of Cathay Pacific Airways.
All Nippon Airways (ANA)
The airline is Japan's largest and the fifth-largest in the world. It is headquartered in Shinagawa, Tokyo, and its main hub is Tokyo International Airport (Haneda). ANA is a member of Star Alliance, the world's largest airline alliance, with 29 members, including Lufthansa Group, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, and United Airlines.
Japan Airlines (JAL)
Japan Airlines (JAL) is Japan's second-largest airline by revenue and passengers carried. It has a fleet of 156 aircraft flying to 80 destinations throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. JAL was founded in 1951 as Japan's first national airline, with flights between Tokyo and Osaka. In 1957, it became the first Japanese carrier to fly domestically produced jet aircraft when it introduced the C-46 airliner on routes between Tokyo and Osaka. It became fully privatized in 1987 when it was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
So now you know which airline to stay clear of and which to book your tickets on. You may be eyeing traveling in a different year, different season, or even another month, but be cautious that there is always the possibility of disaster. After all, safety can be measured by more than just these stats alone.