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The Best Airlines for International Travel  

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List Rules Vote up the most efficient, comfortable, and affordable airlines for international travel from or to the United States.

The top internatoinal airlines are known for their affordable tickets, plentiful and flexible flight times, top rate customer service, and many other perks. This is a list of the best airlines for international travel around the world, or to and from the US. Large airlines like KLM, Virgin, and Lufthansa have long ruled the skies, but smaller companies like El-Al and Aer Lingus have gained popularity in recent decades due to their cheaper tickets and more pleasant flight experiences. However, many smaller companies have limited options, flying to fewer or inconvenient airports, or they offer less frequent flights.

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1
Singapore Airlines is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Singapore Changi Airport
Singapore
2
Lufthansa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Berlin Brandenburg Airport, Munich Airport, London Heathrow Airport
Germany
3
Emirates is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Dubai International Airport
United Arab Emirates
4
Qantas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Adelaide Airport, Melbourne Airport, Perth Airport
Australia
5
British Airways is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport
United Kingdom
6
Virgin Atlantic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
AdmiralCrunch added London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport
7
Cathay Pacific is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Hong Kong International Airport
China
8
KLM is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Holland
9
Etihad Airways is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Abu Dhabi International Airport
10
Turkish Airlines is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Turkey
11
Swiss International Air Lines is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Cabrio added Zurich Airport
Switzerland
12
Qatar Airways is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Doha International Airport
Qatar
13
Air New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Auckland Airport
New Zealand
14
Japan Airlines is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Chūbu Centrair International Airport, Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport
Japan
15
All Nippon Airways is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Haneda Airport
Japan
16
Air France is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport, Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport
France
17
Thai Airways is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Suvarnabhumi Airport
Thailand
18
Air Canada is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Calgary International Airport, Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport
Canada
19
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
gaeul added Kahului Airport, Honolulu International Airport
20
Icelandair is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
BrendanOConnor added Keflavík International Airport
21
Korean Air is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Gimpo International Airport, Incheon International Airport
South Korea
22
Scandinavian Airlines is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Copenhagen Airport, Oslo Airport, Gardermoen
Norway
23
Air China is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
China
24
Malaysia Airlines is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Penang International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Malaysia
25
Air Malta is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Malta International Airport, Reggio Calabria Airport