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Judging which airline is 'best' is a pretty subjective task. If one is interested in passenger satisfaction, there are a number of available statistics to try to find airlines that are at the top of the heap. According to the US Department of Transportation statistics, Hawaiian Airlines had the least number of passenger complaints and the fewest number of lost bags of any airline operating in the U.S. in 2005. They also led the industry in on-time departures and had the fewest number of canceled flights. (Statistics for foreign carriers are neither readily available nor particularly reliable.) On the other hand, if one is interested in air safety as an indicator of 'best,' one needs to look at the available statistics on fatalities. While there are a number of newer carriers that have no fatalities, there are only two airlines in the world that have been in service since airlines began operating in the 1920s that have never had a fatality. One is QANTAS and the other is Hawaiian Airlines.

The answer will vary depending on who is asked. Many answers will be Nationalistic. As an example, a Frenchman may claim Air France is the best etc.

Among the frequent flier community, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific are consistently rated very highly. Spirit Airlines is rated bottom.

Emirates is gaining increasing favor too. Still it comes down to opinion.

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