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
164 75
Southwest Airlines is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Airlines
Southwest Airlines Denver International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Dallas Love Field

2
133 55
Virgin America is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Airlines
Virgin America Punta Gorda Airport, San Francisco International Airport

3
114 57
JetBlue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Airlines
JetBlue John F. Kennedy International Airport

4
117 70
Delta Air Lines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Airlines
Delta Air Lines Salt Lake City International Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport

5
66 112
United Airlines is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Airlines
United Airlines Denver International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport

6
2 1
American Airlines is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Airlines
American Airlines

7
20 35
Horizon Air is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Airlines
Horizon Air Los Angeles International Airport, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Portland International Airport

8
37 72
US Airways is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Airlines
US Airways Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport

9
23 51
Sun Country Airlines is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Airlines
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport

10
25 56
Frontier Airlines is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Airlines
Frontier Airlines Denver International Airport, Eppley Airfield, Kansas City International Airport

11
21 48
North American Airlines is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Airlines

12
15 39
Miami Air International is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Airlines
Miami Air International Miami International Airport

13
15 39
Sierra Pacific Airlines is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Airlines
Sierra Pacific Airlines Tucson International Airport

14
14 38
Kenmore Air is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Airlines
Kenmore Air Kenmore Air Harbor, Boeing Field

The Best Airlines for International Travel

15
13 37
Endeavor Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Airlines
Endeavor Air John F. Kennedy International Airport, Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport, Memphis International Airport

16
13 39
Mesa Airlines is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Airlines
Mesa Airlines Denver International Airport, O'Hare International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport

17
12 40
Omni Air International is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Airlines

18
10 37
PSA Airlines is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Airlines
PSA Airlines Charlotte/Douglas International Airport

19
7 35
Trans States Airlines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Airlines
Trans States Airlines Denver International Airport, O'Hare International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport

20
10 46
American Eagle Airlines is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Airlines
American Eagle Airlines Los Angeles International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, O'Hare International Airport

21
7 36
Silver Airways is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Airlines
Silver Airways Palm Beach International Airport, Tampa International Airport, Billings Logan International Airport

22
5 36
Comair is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Airlines
Comair John F. Kennedy International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

23
4 37
GoJet Airlines is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Airlines
GoJet Airlines Denver International Airport, O'Hare International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport