The decision to travel by air is always followed by a problem: which airline to choose? Long and popular air roots are usually served by several companies and each of them has its advantages and disadvantages.
First of all you are to investigate, which airlines suggest flights in the needed direction, in order to make further choice from the list. Perhaps, you wouldn't choose a Northwest Boeing to fly from California to Hawaii, as there are local Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines. Or - on the contrary, you could do it with maximal possible comfort, flying to Hawaiian paradise in Northwest first class. And of course, don't forget about the fact that major airlines make possible great international and intercontinental journeys, inaccessible with local airlines, like Aloha.
For example, remember non-stop intercontinental root from United States to China and Japan, provided with such airline giants as Continental Airlines or Singapore Airlines. What would you care for? Naturally to propose that it would be the safety of your travel. Papers, TV and radio programs and different websites are filled with horrible descriptions of air catastrophes that had happened on different roots. How to ensure yourself from being one of their victims? There are people who have worked this matter out for you!
Analysts mark every airline with a special flight safety ratings, which are calculated from the number of fatal accidents per million flights that the carrier has flown since 1970. The highest possible grade is "A", so you can be sure, that the "A" grade owner airline staff would do everything to prevent any possibility of a tragedy.
Another reason of your choice most likely will be the price. Compare the prices for the seats in the class you need, but don't forget that many air carriers suggest different systems of privileges for their regular customers. If your line of business supposes regular flights you'd better make a close study of discount systems. Mention also that such companies like Alaska Airlines, Continental Airlines and other members of Frequent Flyer program, use the common system that permits you to accumulate privileges flying with each of them.
The opposite side of the price is service. The sentence "The more you pay, the more you get" is true here, and you receive much more comfort with Business or First class than with Economy. However, if you are already a member of certain discount or reward program, you can travel with the convenience close to Business class, having paid for an Economy seat. Perhaps, you understand no differ between Boeing and Airbus. But if you are an experienced traveler, you must know that some planes are more comfortable and quiet than the others.
Each aircraft has its merits and flaws, and it is natural for you to prefer traveling by the specific model of plane. So it won't be just a loss of time to examine the fleet consist of airline, which have attracted your attention. These are the basic points of planning your air tour. Some of them could be more important for you, than the others, or it can be additional point, which is also can be vital for you, but was not mentioned here. Nevertheless you should get the maximal information about your flight before booking the seat.