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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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184 104
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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159 132
British Airways is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
British Airways London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport - United Kingdom

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197 138
Emirates is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Emirates Dubai International Airport - United Arab Emirates

4
158 124
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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149 116
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

6
86 79
Virgin Atlantic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
AdmiralCrunch added Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport

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116 75
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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86 64
KLM is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
KLM Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - Holland

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65 65
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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60 46
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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135 137
Turkish Airlines is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk Airport - Turkey

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123 126
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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17 9
Etihad Airways is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi International Airport

14
71 55
Air New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Air New Zealand Auckland Airport - New Zealand

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44 40
All Nippon Airways is listed (or ranked) 15 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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19 10
Air Serbia is listed (or ranked) 16 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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66 74
Thai Airways is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Thai Airways Suvarnabhumi Airport - Thailand

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94 127
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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14 9
S7 Airlines is listed (or ranked) 19 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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13 14
Olympic Airlines is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
apollon-smyrnis added Olympic Airlines Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"

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16 13
Rossiya is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Rossiya Vnukovo International Airport, Pulkovo International Airport

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71 88
Korean Air is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Korean Air Gimpo International Airport, Incheon International Airport - South Korea

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9 4
Porter Airlines is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Porter Airlines Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

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10 6
Cubana de Aviación is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Cubana de Aviación José Martí International Airport

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10 6
Hong Kong Airlines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong International Airport

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12 9
Pobeda Airlines is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Pobeda Airlines

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55 69
Air France is listed (or ranked) 27 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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12 15
Aegean Airlines is listed (or ranked) 28 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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36 52
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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47 69
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
gaeul added Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. Kahului Airport, Honolulu International Airport

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10 7
Tibet Airlines is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Tibet Airlines Lhasa Gonggar Airport

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10 7
Adria Airways is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Adria Airways Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport

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8 4
Dragonair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Dragonair Hong Kong International Airport

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10 7
Wizz Air is listed (or ranked) 34 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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90 102
Air Canada is listed (or ranked) 35 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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9 6
Nordwind Airlines is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Nordwind Airlines Sheremetyevo International Airport

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11 9
Belavia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Belavia Minsk National Airport

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8 5
Air Transat is listed (or ranked) 38 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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8 5
Spring Airlines is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Spring Airlines Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport

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10 8
Aurora is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Aurora Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport

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10 8
Xiamenair is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Xiamenair Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport

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3 3
South African Airways is listed (or ranked) 42 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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9 7
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 43 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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7 4
Shandong Airlines is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Shandong Airlines Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport

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7 4
Juneyao Airlines is listed (or ranked) 45 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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9 7
Beijing Capital Airlines is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Beijing Capital Airlines

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7 4
Air Niugini is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Air Niugini Jacksons International Airport

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7 4
Batik Air is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Batik Air

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28 34
Icelandair is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
BrendanOConnor added Icelandair Keflavík International Airport

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10 9
Air Koryo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Airlines for International Travel
Trenton Myers added Air Koryo Pyongyang Sunan International Airport