If you’re of the belief that the only way to be truly comfortable when flying is by mortgaging your home for a seat in business class, we don’t blame you. In the battle to make tickets as cheap as possible, many of the world’s biggest airlines have sacrificed things like legroom and quality of service in the name of affordability.
But according to a new survey from Travel + Leisure, there are still some airlines doing things the old-fashioned way, providing quality comfort, customer service, and value. Those were the factors considered in the magazine’s annual poll, which once again saw Singapore Airlines claim the top spot. According to T + L, all passengers who fly with Singapore are treated “like a top-tier flier” and have the option of ordering gourmet meals prior to boarding, even if they’re not flying business class.
It’s that democratization of luxury that seems to rate highest with travelers. Take, for instance, Porter Airlines, the boutique carrier operating out of Toronto. Its lounge, which offers beverages and snacks, is open to everyone, regardless of whether they’re flying business or economy.
Emirates—one of the most luxurious airlines in the world—finished second on the list, thanks to its ability to make its passengers feel like royalty. We guess offering a personal chauffeur to and from your flight might have that effect. But for travelers who want the ultimate in luxury travel, the United Arab Emirates–based airline offers something called Residence, an onboard suite equipped with a double bed, a personal chef and butler, and an entertainment center. Who said the glory days of flying were dead?
Visit Travel + Leisure to find out what other airlines made the list.
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