When it comes to travelling internationally, long-haul flights are often a necessary evil. And while no one likes cramped cabins and long layovers, some airlines offer excellent customer service and special touches that make getting from A to B far more enjoyable.
Next time you go on an overseas holiday, be sure to book your flights with one of these top airlines in the world.
Emirates has been named the Best Airline in the World for 2016 by the leading consumer-aviation website Skytrax. And for good reason. As with most things in Dubai, Emirates pulls out all the stops when it comes to exceptional airline travel. Elite first-class passengers are pampered from the get go with a chauffeur-driven drive to the airport. The airline also boasts some of the most luxurious airport lounges in the world, featuring showers, a gourmet buffet and bar. Economy passengers are well-taken care of too. Free drinks are served with meals, while the in-flight entertainment system offers more channels than any movie buff could wish for. Wi-Fi, cell phone service and in-seat charging outlets are also part of the package.
Not to be outdone, Qatar Airways has also garnered Skytax’s prestigious Airline of the Year Award numerous times. This Middle Eastern airline based in Doha is renowned for its friendly cabin crew, great entertainment system and very comfortable seats. First and Business Class passengers are treated to luxury flight kits filled with Armani products. Meals are also available on demand. Economy passengers are welcomed with warm towels and friendly smiles. Increased leg room also makes for more comfortable flying, and meals are particularly tasty.
There’s no denying that Singapore Airlines deserves a place on the top airline list. From a customer service point of view, this friendly airline can’t be outdone. Staff go through rigorous training, with a focus on attentive, personal service. When it comes to comfort, Singapore Airlines does not disappoint. First-Class suites are kitted out with their own private cabins featuring a bed, leather chair and an LCD TV. Economy passengers also have plenty of room, with carefully designed reclining seat that don’t cramp the person seated behind you. Individual reading lamps, in-seat power supply and a fantastic entertainment system add to the experience.
Based in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific offers a measure of luxury to all of its passengers, from Economy and Premium Economy to First Class. Premium Economy is an experience unto its own with special features including priority boarding, extra baggage allowance and superbly comfortable seating. Priority passengers receive a glass of champagne on arrival along with snacks and an amenity kit with eye covers, socks, earplugs and other useful goodies. Meals for all passengers are excellent, as is the level of service. Economy passengers can enjoy above-average in-flight entertainment, plenty of pockets for storage and iPod/iPad jacks in the monitors for smooth streaming. First-Class suites also feature full beds and complimentary pyjamas.
Etihad Airways is renowned for its innovative in-flight offering. It’s the first airline in the world to offer an elite suite experience with an 11m2 cabin featuring a sitting room, bedroom, bathroom and personal butler service. There’s even a faux night sky that lights up with twinkling stars after the lights go out.
Of course, the average traveller certainly can’t afford such extravagance. But for those on an Economy Class budget, there’s still plenty to get excited about. The food is known for being exceptional, while the expert crew provide the same level of first-class service no matter where you’re seated. Seats are spacious and you’ll never run out of entertainment with the wide selection of in-flight movies and Wi-Fi capability.
Not only has Qantas been voted the world’s safest airline for three years in a row, it’s also one of the most comfortable. Business class boast skybeds with massage settings to ease tired muscles on those long-haul flights. Located on the A380’s upper deck, Premium Economy class offers a number of extra perks including additional legroom and a snack bar. Economy also provides a touch of extra comfort with smart hammock-style footrests. Great food and excellent Australian wines are on the menu in all cabins. Business Class passengers are also treated to classy his-and-hers amenity kits containing luxurious Australian-made products.
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