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World’s best airlines in 2023: Qatar, Etihad, Emirates ranking top 10

Sat 03 Jun 2023    
| 2 min read

A new airline has been ranked first on Airline Ratings’ ranking of the top airlines in the globe.

The Airline Ratings awards honor the best in the aviation sector and place airlines according to the effectiveness of their innovation, their network of routes, and the degree of safety they maintain.

Air New Zealand surpassed Qatar Airways to claim the top rank, dethroning it after two years.

Editor-in-Chief of, Geoffrey Thomas said, “Air New Zealand’s commitment to excellence in all facets of its business starts at the top with outstanding governance and one of the best executive teams in aviation through to a workforce that is delivering consistently to the airline’s strategy and customer promise.

“Like all airlines across the globe Air New Zealand has faced severe disruptions during and after the pandemic and this year huge challenges from storms and cyclones. The airline has responded well.”

Top 25 best airlines in the world:

  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. Scandinavian Airlines
  13. TAP Portugal
  14. All Nippon Airways
  15. Delta Air Lines
  16. Air Canada
  17. British Airways
  18. Jet Blue
  19. Japan Airlines
  20. Vietnam Airlines
  21. Turkish Airlines
  22. Hawaiian Airlines
  23. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  24. Alaska Airlines
  25. United Airlines

Geoffrey Thomas said, “We are focused on leadership and airlines that innovate to make a real difference to the passenger experience.

“Of course, right now, the airline industry is under unprecedented pressure as it strives to recover from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine with significant disruptions to passengers.”

For the second year in a row, Etihad Airways was voted Environmental Airline of the Year.

The honors recognized Etihad’s dedication to advancing change and outcomes from Abu Dhabi to the rest of the world as well as its dedication to advancing sustainable aviation via innovation and collaboration.

With regard to the aviation industry, Etihad’s sustainability strategy is concentrated on reducing emissions through sector-specific actions, adhering to industry roadmaps and frameworks, working with UAE industrial ecosystems, and remaining open and proactive.

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