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The coronavirus pandemic upended air travel around the world, from half-empty planes and canceled flights to rapid Covid-19 tests and mask requirements.

In the pandemic, North American airlines still offer high-quality services to passengers. Let’s find out top 10 best airlines in North America for 2021/22, according to Skytrax:

1.Delta Air Lines

2.JetBlue Airways

3.Air Canada

4.Southwest Airlines

5.WestJet

6.Air Transat

7.United Airlines

8.Alaska Airlines

9.Hawaiian Airlines

10.American Airlines

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What Are The Top Best Airlines In North America Today?

1.Delta Air Lines

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The Atlanta-based company has somewhat bounced back recently, reporting a quarterly profit in July — its first since the start of the pandemic — due partially to federal coronavirus aid. Delta also reported that demand for domestic leisure travel is back to pre-Covid levels, with business travel still recovering.

In August, Delta CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC that Delta’s flights were more than 90% full during a recent weekend, as people learn “how to manage and live” with the pandemic. The carrier has publicly focused on getting as many of its employees vaccinated against Covid as possible, announcing last week that 82% of its employees are now fully vaccinated.

Delta and JetBlue both jumped ahead of Air Canada, ending a streak of three straight North American titles for the Canadian carrier. But even the region’s top-ranked airline wasn’t immune to the pandemic’s financial impact: Delta lost a record $12.4 billion loss last year, part of a $35 billion loss for U.S. domestic airlines in 2020.

2.JetBlue Airways

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JetBlue caters to passengers with new planes, plentiful routes, inflight connectivity and some of the most legroom in economy for any American-based airline. The airline flies to nearly 100 cities across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America, with live TV and inflight wifi available on all flights.

JetBlue took the top spot for economy class due to its ample leg room, free snacks and drinks, free Wifi gate to gate, and excellent in-flight entertainment, according to the publication. The airline’s in-flight entertainment is top-notch because “every seat on every JetBlue flight enjoys free high-speed Wi-Fi from gate to gate, as well as seat-back touchscreens with free live TV, SiriusXM Radio, Showtime, Spotify and an extensive library of movies,” wrote USA Today.

The airline, Logan International Airport‘s largest carrier, just ranked No. 1 in the categories of best economy class and best in-flight entertainment in USA Today’s list of best airlines and airports in 2021. JetBlue also ranked No. 2 in the category of best airline, second only to Delta Air Lines. The lists are part of the publication’s 2021 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards.

READ MORE: Top 9 Biggest Airlines In The World

3.Air Canada

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Air Canada is certified as a 4-Star Airline for the quality of its airport and onboard product and staff service.

Air Canada is Canada’s flagship carrier and largest airline in terms of passengers flown and fleet size. It flies to over 200 destinations around the world and is one of the founding members of the Star Alliance.

4.Southwest Airlines

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In 2020, Southwest managed to land 86% of its planes on time, the fourth-best of major U.S. airlines. In fact, the entire industry improved, landing 83.6% of flights on time, compared with 79.4% in 2019. Again, fewer passengers and fewer flights made it easier for airlines to deliver on-time flights.

5.WestJet

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Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet Airlines (WS) is the country's second largest airline. Along with its regional subsidiary WestJet Encore, the airline flies to about 90 destinations. These include destinations in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. The airline also has codeshare arrangements with more than a dozen other carriers. WestJet operates airplanes with all Economy Class seating. Passengers can opt for certain fares (known as Plus) that offer preferred seating in the front of the plane with extra legroom. The airline has hubs at Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

6.Air Transat

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This year it’s four wins in a row for Air Transat, which has once again taken the title of Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the fourth consecutive year.

The win, says Annick Guérard, President and Chief Executive Officer at Transat, is even more significant this year, considering the hardships the travel industry has been through due to the pandemic.

“Knowing that the Air Transat experience still holds a place in the hearts of travellers fills me with pride and ambition for the future,” says Guérard. “But above all, this award solidifies the professionalism and dedication of our employees who make our star shine every day and whom I thank warmly.”

7.United Airlines

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Star Alliance ​member United Airlines covers more than 300 destinations across five continents: about 210 U.S. cities and more than 120 international destinations. Star Alliance is the world’s largest alliance, and includes 26 carriers serving more than 1,300 airports. This gives you a lot of global connection options.

8.Alaska Airlines

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Alaska Airlines is a major US airline and has hubs at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (its largest), Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Portland International Airport, and San Francisco International Airport. They have codeshares with 17 airlines, including at least one airline in each major alliance—Oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance. One of their best perks is the Companion Fare, which you’ll find a ton of details on below. Check out that article, along with our other reviews, guides, and news about Alaska Airlines and how to maximize your travel with them.

9.Hawaiian Airlines

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Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii's largest and longest-serving airline, offers non-stop service to Hawaii from the U.S. mainland and international destinations. Hawaiian Airlines is Certified as a 3-Star Airline for the quality of its airport and onboard product and staff service.

10.American Airlines

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American Airlines is Certified as a 3-Star Airline for the quality of its airport and onboard product and staff service. Product rating includes seats, amenities, food & beverages, IFE, cleanliness etc, and service rating is for both cabin staff and ground staff.

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