Travel The Best US Airlines  

Island Hopper Dan
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Once a large luxury, flying is now the best way to explore the globe, and the US airline industry initially led the charge globally. In recent years, however, US airlines have been criticized by heavy travellers as often being little more than sardine cans. That said, not all airlines are created equally. This is a list of the best U.S-based airlines out there. This list focuses on international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services for passengers.

These best U.S. airlines are also the safest way to travel, as people are more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the airplane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come.


list ordered by

1
205 94
Southwest Airlines is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Airlines
Denver International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Dallas Love Field

2
152 65
Virgin America is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Airlines
Punta Gorda Airport, San Francisco International Airport

3
136 68
JetBlue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Airlines
John F. Kennedy International Airport

4
139 84
Delta Air Lines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Airlines
Salt Lake City International Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport

5
28 39
Horizon Air is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Airlines
Los Angeles International Airport, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Portland International Airport

6
14 18
American Airlines is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Airlines
American Airlines

7
77 136
United Airlines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Airlines
Denver International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport

8
33 62
Frontier Airlines is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Airlines
Denver International Airport, Eppley Airfield, Kansas City International Airport

9
41 79
US Airways is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Airlines
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport

10
28 60
Sun Country Airlines is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Airlines
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport

11
17 42
Sierra Pacific Airlines is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Airlines
Tucson International Airport

12
16 40
Endeavor Air is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Airlines
John F. Kennedy International Airport, Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport, Memphis International Airport

13
22 54
North American Airlines is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Airlines

14
17 44
Kenmore Air is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Airlines
Kenmore Air Harbor, Boeing Field

15
16 44
Miami Air International is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Airlines
Miami International Airport

16
15 43
Mesa Airlines is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Airlines
Denver International Airport, O'Hare International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport

17
13 41
PSA Airlines is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Airlines
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport

18
13 45
Omni Air International is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Airlines

19
13 48
Envoy Air is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Airlines
Los Angeles International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, O'Hare International Airport

20
9 40
Silver Airways is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Airlines
Palm Beach International Airport, Tampa International Airport, Billings Logan International Airport

21
8 40
Trans States Airlines is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Airlines
Denver International Airport, O'Hare International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport

22
8 43
GoJet Airlines is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Airlines
Denver International Airport, O'Hare International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport

23
7 40
Comair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Airlines
John F. Kennedy International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport