Security queues. Baggage delays. Noisy, cramped aeroplanes. We’ve all been there. Flying isn’t anyone’s favourite part of going on a trip.
However, by picking one of the best airlines around, you can at least alleviate some of the misery of dealing with the airport. The top companies always go the extra mile to make your journey as enjoyable as it can be.
Here are some the best airlines you should consider for your next flight.
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand has a commitment to owning a fairly young fleet of planes, which are more likely to offer all the latest up-to-date comforts than their older counterparts.
Its innovative Skycouch seating is worth looking at – this is a row of three economy seats which come with an additional footrest. When all folded out, it can form a couch for three.
Good for those with small children – or for those of us who just want to stretch out a bit. We guess you could take all three for yourself if you really wanted!
The company also wants to be as sustainable and environmentally-friendly as possible. It is perhaps one of the best airlines in this regard, as its young fleet helps it to achieve maximum fuel efficiency.
Air New Zealand has an antipodean rival in the ‘best airlines’ table. Qantas is the flag carrying airline for Australia.
It has a great selection of in-flight entertainment. There’s a choice – depending on which flight you take – of up to 100 movies (updated regularly), hundreds more TV shows and music options, 18 radio channels and access to Sky News coverage.
There’s also games and a ‘Kids Zones’ for younger passengers.
If you’re going down under, Qantas and Air New Zealand are the obvious choices, though they fly many other routes too.
Emirates airways has been named one of the world’s best airlines by several media outlets and awards schemes. Even its economy class provides a comfortable seat (which, let’s face it, is hard to find on any aeroplane).
Aviation enthusiasts will enjoy the in-flight entertainment system, which goes beyond movies and TV shows.
It not only allows you to track the progress of your flight, it lets you see the view through the plane’s external cameras.
Qatar Airways offers flights to over 150 destinations around the globe.
Aeroplane food is barely ever worth a second though, but Qatar Airway’s in-flight dining menu has been designed by some of the best chefs in the world.
There is an on-demand à la carte service, offering a selection of dishes on each flight. And it promises a spacious dining area with every seat, giving you enough room to enjoy your meal without shuffling elbows with your neighbour.
Despite this, it’s often very competitive on price against its rivals.
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