Call it a three-peat.
Virgin America, which has evolved from a niche West Coast player into a carrier making its mark nationwide, was named the top airline in the annual Airline Quality Rating for the third-straight year. Tweet this
It was followed by Hawaiian Airlines in second, and then Delta, which was named the most improved airline in this year's AQR report.
"Delta is an excellent example of a merger that declined in performance and systematically has clawed its way back to a new high level of quality performance," said Brent Bowen, dean of the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University have been measuring airlines' performance in the AQR for 25 years.