Culture 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
227 123
Singapore Airlines is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Singapore Changi Airport
Singapore
2
250 153
Emirates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Dubai International Airport
United Arab Emirates
3
180 134
Lufthansa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Berlin Brandenburg Airport, Munich Airport, London Heathrow Airport
Germany
4
181 160
British Airways is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport
United Kingdom
5
190 140
Qantas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Adelaide Airport, Melbourne Airport, Perth Airport
Australia
6
110 95
Virgin Atlantic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
AdmiralCrunch added London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport
7
139 89
Cathay Pacific is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Hong Kong International Airport
China
8
107 78
KLM is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Holland
9
38 20
Etihad Airways is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Abu Dhabi International Airport
10
152 156
Turkish Airlines is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Turkey
11
148 137
Qatar Airways is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Doha International Airport
Qatar
12
75 81
Swiss International Air Lines is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Cabrio added Zurich Airport
Switzerland
13
72 61
Japan Airlines is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Chūbu Centrair International Airport, Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport
Japan
14
88 66
Air New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Auckland Airport
New Zealand
15
57 50
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
76 84
Thai Airways is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Suvarnabhumi Airport
Thailand
17
71 79
Air France is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport, Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport
France
18
103 117
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
37 44
Icelandair is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
BrendanOConnor added Keflavík International Airport
20
60 78
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
gaeul added Kahului Airport, Honolulu International Airport
21
83 101
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
36 47
Scandinavian Airlines is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Copenhagen Airport, Oslo Airport, Gardermoen
Norway
23
100 145
Malaysia Airlines is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Penang International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Malaysia
24
6 6
Air Malta is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Malta International Airport, Reggio Calabria Airport
25
35 59
Air China is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
China