Added on: 13th Nov 2016
AIR NEW ZEALAND
Air New Zealand has revolutionized air travel with its SkyCouch
design in Economy Class. The window row seats are
characterized by retractable armrests and leg rests which
fold all the way up to the row in front, making a flat surface
for kids to play or passengers to lie down. It has even been
nicknamed the “cuddle class”. For those willing to pay out a
bit more, Air New Zealand’s luxurious Business Premier class
has the longest cabins in any Business Class and an
ottoman footrest which can double as a visitor seat.
The largest airline in the world in terms of fleet size, American
Airlines has recently been stepping up its game. The airline’s
Flagship Suite comes on all 777-300ERs and features in flight
wine tasting, turn-down service (complete with pyjamas) and a
swivelling chair whereby passengers can set up a work
space to keep connected even in flight.
Winner of the World Travel Awards’ 2015 prize for “World’s
Leading Airline – Economy Class”, Oman Air also won the
“World’s Leading Airport Lounge – Business Class” for its
lounge in Oman’s capital, Muscat. The airline is special among
most airlines in its record of zero fatalities and accidents.
Passengers in First Class enjoy limousine pick-up and an
eight-point massage system built into their seat.
SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIR LINES
Though a subsidiary of German airline Lufthansa, Swiss
International Air Lines is known for giving Swiss chocolate
to all passengers on most flights. The successor to Swiss Air,
the airline also allows pre-booking of cake, champagne, or red
wine as an on board surprise. First Class customers also
enjoy Zimmerli of Switzerland pyjamas and luxury brand
La Prairie toiletries.
Though the name may seem like a Middle Eastern airline, Qantas
is Aussie, mate. (Its name is an acronym of the original name:
Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.) Each
international First Class seat seems more like a private cabin,
complete with a sheepskin mattress and electronically-controlled
bed adjustment. Flying foodies can dig into the
eight-course tasting menu.
The largest airline in Europe, Lufthansa demonstrates that
German simplicity and efficiency can also mean a luxurious
airline experience. First Class customers departing from
Frankfurt even enjoy their own terminal where 200 staff care
for 300 passengers daily. When the flight is ready to leave,
passengers are driven to the plane by a Mercedes Benz S- or
V-Class or a Porsche Cayenne or Panamera.
The lesser-known Hainan Airlines won the World Travel Awards’
“World’s Leading Airline – Business Class” award in 2015 for
the second consecutive year. (It also won an award for the best
in-flight service.) Turn-down service (including a silk quilt) and
different tea offerings based on the season are
available in Business Class.
VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS
The brainchild of Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic Airways is,
along with other Virgin-branded airlines, putting fun back
into air travel. Besides swanky on board bars for socializing,
this luxurious airline features a 10 minute car-to-airport-lounge
check-in so Upper Class passengers can hit the spa before
departing. Did we mention the in-flight massages, too?