’s TOP 25 airlines for 2022 has announced along with its Airline Excellence Awards its Top Twenty Five Airlines in the World for 2023.

To be named in the top twenty-five, airlines must achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort. The editors of, some of the most experienced and awarded, look for a consistent level of service, innovation, and staff engagement from each major contender.

According to Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas, “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.

Air New Zealand was ranked number 1 because of its cabin innovation of beds for economy class passengers on its new 787s, passenger service and rapid recovery from COVID disruptions.

“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.”

“Our editorial team was impressed by the airline’s commitment to the economy passenger and on long haul offers more comfort options than any other airline,” Mr. Thomas said.

Qatar Airways, which took out Airline Of The Year in 2021 and 22, won Best Business Class and Best Catering as well as Best Airline In The Middle East.

In the third position is Etihad Airways, which took Best Environmental Airlines Award for its leadership in the 787 Greenliner programs.

Singapore Airlines was also awarded Best First Class, while Qantas won Best Lounges.

Virgin Australia (below) and Virgin Atlantic were in seventh place and also won Best Cabin Crew.

Taiwan’s EVA was named 8th, followed by Cathay Pacific Airways in the 9th spot and Emirates in the 10th spot. Emirates also won Best In-Flight Entertainment and Best Premium Economy, which is being installed on its A380s and later 777s.

The balance are: Lufthansa / Swiss, SAS, TAP Portugal, All Nippon Airways, Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, British Airways, Jet Blue, JAL, Vietnam Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Hawaiian, KLM, Alaska Airlines and United Airlines. was developed to provide everyone in the world with a one-stop shop for everything related to airlines, formed by a team of aviation editors, who have forensically researched nearly every airline in the world.

Rating system is rated from one to seven stars on safety – with seven being the highest ranking. Within each airline, you will find the country of origin, airline code, booking URL and seat map information. The rating system takes into account a number of different factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies, lead associations, as well as the airlines, own safety data. Every airline has a safety rating breakdown so you can see exactly how they rate.

Over 360 of the airlines on the site that carry 99 per cent of the world’s passengers have a product rating. Given that low-cost, regional and full-service carriers are so different we have constructed a different rating system for each which can be found within each airline

Top 25 airlines for 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.