Best airlines of 2023, from top economy class offerings to friendly cabin crews

Best airlines of 2023: Flying is often a fundamental element of travel, and airlines have the ability to make or break a trip. With so many options to choose from, how do you know which ones offer the best service, comfort, and value for your money?

To answer that question and establish which airlines are the best, an expert panel at USA TODAY 10Best nominated their top picks across six categories, then readers decided the winners by voting for their favorites.

Click on each category below to see the full winners list:

Best Airline: Delta Air Lines

Delta ranks among the most highly rated U.S.-based carriers due to its on-time record, extensive route offerings, robust frequent flyer program, and excellent lounges at airports across America. Even smaller planes have seat-back TVs to keep passengers entertained on their journeys.

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Best Business & First Class: Korean Air

First class aboard Korean Air means private spaces, lie-flat sleeper seats, and large entertainment screens. Passengers are provided an in-flight amenity kit from Atelier Cologne and upgraded food and wine. Passengers aboard the A380 can relax in the Celestial Bar over craft cocktails.

Full list of winners: Best Business & First Class »

Best Cabin Crew: Play Airlines

On Play Airlines, expect to enjoy your flight from start to finish. “This low-cost Icelandic airline is staffed with a friendly, fun-loving, bilingual crew,” 10Best contributor Allison Tibaldi says. “They wear cute red puffer jackets emblazoned with the PLAY logo, adding a casual note.”

Full list of winners: Best Cabin Crew »

Best Economy Class: Delta Air Lines

Each economy cabin seat on Delta flights has its own entertainment touchscreen. However, it’s worth upgrading to Comfort+, the airline’s version of premium economy, for extras like dedicated overhead bin space, up to 3 extra inches of legroom, and an amenity kit on long-haul international flights.

Full list of winners: Best Economy Class »

Best Inflight Entertainment: Virgin Atlantic

Vera, the entertainment platform for Virgin Atlantic, is loaded with movies, TV shows, a music library, and a selection of games. The audio programming includes The List, exclusive interviews with a range of influential artists.

Full list of winners: Best Inflight Entertainment »

Best Inflight Food: Delta Air Lines

Meals aboard Delta Air Lines are reimagined every season, using ingredients from local artisans and farmers when possible. Delta One passengers often enjoy fresh, regional flavors, thanks to collaborations with culinary experts.

Full list of winners: Best Inflight Food »

Congratulations to all these winners! Remember to visit daily to vote in our other Readers’ Choice Awards contests.

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