reveals the best airlines in the world is the world’s leading safety and product rating review website for everything related to air travel. Delivering expert safety ratings across more than 435 airlines around the world, editors hold a unique position in the market. This year, an expert panel of five judges with decades of industry experience handpicked the top 25 airlines of 2023 based on safety and government audits, and criteria such as fleet age, passenger review, profitability, investment ratings, product offerings and staff relations. 

The best airline in the world for 2023

Air New Zealand has been announced as the best airline in the world for 2023, the seventh time it’s been chosen for such a title. Chosen due to its award-winning innovation, SkyNest, and its operational safety, environmental leadership and staff motivation.  “In our objective analysis, Air New Zealand came out number one in many key areas although it was a very close scoring for the top five,” says editor-in-chief, Geoffrey Thomas.

Air New Zealand plane on runway
Air New Zealand is the best in the world for 2023 © Unsplash/ Will Waters

Top 25 best premium airlines 2023 

  1. Air New Zealand
  2. Qatar Airways 
  3. Etihad Airways 
  4. Korean Air 
  5. Singapore Airlines
  6. Qantas
  7. Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic
  8. EVA Air 
  9. Cathay Pacific Airways 
  10. Emirates 
  11. Lufthansa/Swiss
  12. SAS
  13. TAP Portugal 
  14. All Nippon Airways 
  15. Delta Air Lines
  16. Air Canada 
  17. British Airways 
  18. Jet Blue 
  19. JAL 
  20. Vietnam Airlines
  21. Turkish Airlines
  22. Hawaiian
  23. KLM
  24. Alaska Airlines
  25. United Airlines

A Qantas plane flying over Sydney
Qantas won Best Lounges © Qantas

Best low-cost airlines by region 2023 

  • Americas: Southwest
  • Middle East: Fly Dubai
  • Asia: AirAsia
  • Australia/Pacific: Jetstar
  • Europe: Ryanair

Top 25 low-cost airlines 2023 

  1. AirAsia
  2. Allegiant
  3. Bonza
  4. Cebu Pacific
  5. EasyJet
  6. Eurowings
  7. Flair
  8. FlyDubai
  9. Frontier 
  10. GOL
  11. Indigo
  12. Jet2
  13. JetBlue
  14. Jetstar
  15. Norse Atlantic
  16. Peach
  17. Ryanair
  18. Scoot 
  19. Spirit
  20. Southwest
  21. Transavia
  22. TUI
  23. Vietjet
  24. Vueling
  25. Wizz Air

Emirates plane in the sky
Emirates won Best Premium Economy © Unsplash/ Fabian Joy

Which airline has the best Economy Class? 

Air New Zealand took out the overall title and that of best Economy Class for 2023. Emirates won the award for best Premium Economy Class. 

Which airline has the best Business Class? 

Qatar Airways won best Business Class for the fourth year running, as well as an award for best catering. 

Which airline has the best First Class? 

Singapore Airlines has taken out the title as the carrier with the best First Class for 2023. 

Best airlines for long-haul travel by region

  • Middle East: Qatar Airways 
  • North Asia: Korean Air
  • Northern Europe: Lufthansa
  • North America: Delta Airlines
  • South America: Latam
  • Southern Europe: Turkish Airlines
  • South East Asia: Singapore Airlines
  • Australia/Pacific: Air New Zealand 
  • Africa: Air Mauritius 

Other awards

  • Best Cabin Crew: Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic
  • Best In-Flight Entertainment: Emirates 
  • Best Lounges: Qantas 
  • Best Ultra-Low Cost Airline: Vietjet 
  • Best Catering: Air New Zealand

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