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Virgin America named best airline for business travel in U.S.

Updated: Dec 14, 2015 6:56 PM UTC | Originally published: Sep 10, 2015

Virgin America claims the top spot among U.S. carriers in the Best in Business Travel survey again this year.

For our second annual survey, Fortune partnered with Travel + Leisure to ask readers about their habits and brand preferences while traveling for work. They named their favorite airlines and rated them using a variety of criteria, including customer service, frequent flier programs, in-flight class experience, food and entertainment options, and airport lounges.

Here's what's keeping Virgin America ahead of the competition:

• Two words: live streaming. Satellite wi-fi recently launched on 10 A320s, with more to come. Internet speeds are eight to 10 times faster than any other in-flight system.

• Plush full-size pillows and duvets have spruced up an already standout first-class cabin, complementing the white leather seats and lumbar massagers.

• Its Elevate loyalty program has a "no blackout date" policy—and is a boon for those looking to book on major holidays and during peak travel periods.

• Virgin is the only U.S. airline with on-demand food ordering. Just press a button on the seat-back touch screen, settle in, and wait for your artisanal cheese plate to arrive.

See below for rankings of U.S. airlines by survey categories.

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Best U.S. Airlines for Business Travel — Overall

1. Virgin America
2. Alaska Airlines
3. JetBlue Airways
4. Delta Air Lines
5. Southwest Airlines

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Best Customer Service

1. Virgin America
2. Alaska Airlines
3. Southwest Airlines
4. JetBlue Airways
5. Delta Air Lines

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Best Airport Lounges

1. Delta Air Lines
2. American Airlines
3. United Airlines

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Best Frequent Flier Program & Alliances

1. Alaska Airlines
2. Southwest Airlines
3. Virgin America
4. JetBlue Airways
5. American Airlines

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Best Economy & Premium Economy In-Flight Experience

1. Virgin America
2. JetBlue Airways
3. Alaska Airlines
4. Delta Airlines
5. Southwest Airlines

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Best Business & First Class In-Flight Experience

1. Delta Airlines
2. United Airlines
3. American Airlines

For more on Fortune and Travel + Leisure's  Best in Business Travel 2015, visit To see the survey methodology, go here
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