7 Best International Airlines to Fly By

IQ Editors


There must be something in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, because airlines HQ’d in that corner of the world lead the global pack when it comes to safety, quality, amenities and customer experience on and off the ground.

Check out the list below and definitely keep these rockstars in mind the next time you book a flight to a destination on their route maps.


7. Japan Airlines

Main Hub
Tokyo Narita (NRT)

Regions Served
Japan, Asia, Australia, U.S., Europe, Vancouver, Delhi

Points + Miles
oneworld Alliance

Distinctions
High marks for quality, service and amenities in economy class on long-haul flights; its first class lounge and baggage delivery times at Narita airport; and the seat comfort and personal space offered in business and economy class on long-hauls



6. All Nippon Airways

Main Hub
Tokyo Haneda (HND)

Regions Served
Japan, Asia, Europe, U.S., Vancouver, Mexico City, Sydney

Points + Miles
Star Alliance

Distinctions
Impressively high marks for quality, service and amenities in first, business, premium and economy class on long-haul flights; its first and business class lounges at Haneda airport; and the hospitality of its staff and flight attendants



5. Etihad Airways

Main Hub
Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Regions Served
UAE, Arabia, Africa, Europe, U.S., Australia, Toronto

Distinctions
High marks for quality, service and amenities in first class on long- and short-haul flights; quality of food, wine and beverage offerings in all classes on long-hauls; and impressively high marks for its first class lounge at Abu Dhabi airport



4. EVA Air

Main Hub
Taoyuan City, Taiwan (TPE)

Regions Served
Taiwan, China, Asia, Europe, U.S., Canada, Brisbane

Points + Miles
Star Alliance

Distinctions
High marks for quality, service and amenities in economy class on long-haul flights and business and economy on short-hauls; as well as its amenity kits in business and economy on long-hauls



3. Qantas

Main Hub
Sydney (SYD)

Regions Served
Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Pacific Islands, U.S., London, Vancouver, Santiago, Johannesburg, Doha

Points + Miles
oneworld Alliance

Distinctions
High marks for its first class amenities on long-hauls; first class lounge at Sydney airport; and the quality of its wine and beverage options in first and business class on long-hauls



2. Air New Zealand

Main Hub
Auckland (AKL)

Regions Served
New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Pacific Islands, U.S., Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam

Points + Miles
Star Alliance

Distinctions
High marks for seat comfort in business and premium economy on long-hauls; meal quality in premium economy on long-hauls; and amenities in the business class lounge at Aukland airport



1. Cathay Pacific

Main Hub
Hong Kong (HKG)

Regions Served
China, Asia, Europe, Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, U.S., Vancouver, Johannesburg

Points + Miles
oneworld Alliance

Distinctions
High marks for quality, service and amenities in business class on long-haul flights and both business and economy on short-hauls; as well as its first and business class lounges at Hong Kong airport





Methodology: We dug into safety data reported by the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre; Skytrax Certified Airline Ratings; as well as safety data and quality ratings compiled by AirlineRatings.com