travel 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.

Vote on your favorite international airlines for travel around the world. If you see an airline missing, add it to the list - or click Rerank to customize a list of your own.

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Singapore Airlines is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Singapore Airlines Singapore Changi Airport - Singapore

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Emirates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Emirates Dubai International Airport - United Arab Emirates

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Virgin Atlantic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
AdmiralCrunch added Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport

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Qantas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Qantas Adelaide Airport, Melbourne Airport, Perth Airport - Australia

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Lufthansa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Lufthansa Berlin Brandenburg Airport, Munich Airport, London Heathrow Airport - Germany

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British Airways is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
British Airways London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport - United Kingdom

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Cathay Pacific is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Airport - China

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KLM is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
KLM Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - Holland

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Swiss International Air Lines is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Cabrio added Swiss International Air Lines Zurich Airport - Switzerland

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Japan Airlines is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Japan Airlines Chūbu Centrair International Airport, Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport - Japan

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Etihad Airways is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi International Airport

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Qatar Airways is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Qatar Airways Doha International Airport - Qatar

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Turkish Airlines is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk Airport - Turkey

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Thai Airways is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Thai Airways Suvarnabhumi Airport - Thailand

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Air New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Air New Zealand Auckland Airport - New Zealand

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All Nippon Airways is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
All Nippon Airways Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Haneda Airport - Japan

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Korean Air is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Korean Air Gimpo International Airport, Incheon International Airport - South Korea

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Malaysia Airlines is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Penang International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport - Malaysia

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Air Serbia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Air SERBIA Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport - Nikola TESLA Airport, BELGRADE

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Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
gaeul added Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. Kahului Airport, Honolulu International Airport

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Air France is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Air France Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport, Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport - France

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Hong Kong Airlines is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong International Airport

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Icelandair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
BrendanOConnor added Icelandair Keflavík International Airport

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Air Canada is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Air Canada Calgary International Airport, Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport - Canada

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Olympic Airlines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
apollon-smyrnis added Olympic Airlines Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"

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Dragonair is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Dragonair Hong Kong International Airport

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Porter Airlines is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Porter Airlines Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Firefly Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Penang International Airport, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport

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El Al is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
alexlips99 added El Al Ben Gurion Airport

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S7 Airlines is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added S7 Airlines Tolmachevo Airport, International Airport Irkutsk, Chelyabinsk Airport

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Aegean Airlines is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
apollon-smyrnis added Aegean Airlines Thessaloniki International Airport, Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"

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Rossiya is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Rossiya Vnukovo International Airport, Pulkovo International Airport

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Kenya Airways is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
alivedodos added Kenya Airways Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

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Royal Brunei Airlines is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Royal Brunei Airlines Brunei International Airport

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Wizz Air is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Wizz Air Sofia Airport, Warsaw Chopin Airport, Boryspil International Airport

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South African Airways is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added South African Airways O. R. Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport

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Air Niugini is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Air Niugini Jacksons International Airport

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Nordwind Airlines is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Nordwind Airlines Sheremetyevo International Airport

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Air Malta is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Air Malta Malta International Airport, Reggio Calabria Airport

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Jetstar Asia Airways is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore Changi Airport

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Norwegian Air Shuttle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Norwegian Air Shuttle Sola Air Station, Trondheim Airport, Værnes - Norway

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Scandinavian Airlines is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen Airport, Oslo Airport, Gardermoen - Norway

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Juneyao Airlines is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Juneyao Airlines Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport

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Airwork is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Airwork

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Air Transat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Air Transat Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport

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EasyJet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Easyjet Edinburgh Airport, Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport, London Stansted Airport - UK

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Aurora is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Aurora Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport

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Xiamenair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Xiamenair Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport

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Tibet Airlines is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Tibet Airlines Lhasa Gonggar Airport

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Fiji Airways is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Fiji Airways Nadi International Airport