We covered low-cost airlines and their simple approach to air travel. Most of the time, however, when you stay in the same sitting position for more than an hour, you tend to “get stuff” a bit. And then there is the baby girl crying while her 2-year-old brother maniacally kicks her armchair with both feet and laughs. There’s no room. Too much noise; there is no way out!
Sorry, but sometimes legroom is more than just an advantage; this is a must. In addition, on long flights of four hours or more, you may have a dry throat or a little tiredness and need coffee. The drink is good too. Some things are only luxuries when they are not available. There are times when cash is tight and the inconvenience is worth the ticket price. But a serious traveler wants a comfortable ride.
The standard bus seats on almost all major airlines will be relatively cramped, and the typical problems of the crying baby behind you and the fat, bald man running into your shirt will continue. But even there, you’ll find a level of service excellence not found on the bus at many other airlines. From the way, the cabin crew sees everyone is comfortable with the inflight entertainment, everything is much better on the most prestigious airlines.
Singapore Airlines is based in the country of Singapore, not a Michigan ghost town. There are certain amenities that come to all passengers as part of the flight. Amenities include meals, free drinks, and inflight entertainment. There is also a “radio” service on the plane. You can listen to everything from classical music to R&B by plugging in headphones and choosing a channel.
Australia gave us Forster’s Beer and Crocodile Dundee, but they didn’t stop there. After dominating the worlds of leisure and entertainment, they took up air travel. Qantas is Australia’s national airline and rivals any airline on the planet for the service you get from flight attendants and pilots. But the food they serve, even to coach clients, is the kitchen. They are ranked in the top 10 airports in the world in terms of on-time arrivals and departures. Australians have made air travel a pleasure again.
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific claims to be refined and cultured, one of the best ways to travel; and that’s it! But comfort online customer scores were higher in economy class than in both business and first-class! The biggest compliments were the friendliness and hospitality of the flight staff and the incredibly high marks for in-flight entertainment.
Now when you think of the Middle East and Airplanes, you will immediately remember the ultra-comfortable accommodation, world-renowned service, and culinary-quality cuisine that make Qatar Airlines the best in the region. In fact, they set the standard of excellence by which airlines worldwide should judge themselves.
The standby joke for any lame comic is to lament airplane food. Online reviews for long-haul travel gave Qatar 5 stars for both the food and the cleanliness and comfort of the plane. Quite simply, they know how to make you happy.
There is a legend that there is a place in the East where you can sip your cocktail and get a massage; all while flying 30,000 feet above Mongolia. If this has never happened to you, then you have never flown with Thai Airways. It is an official 4-star airline and has a first-class spa, massage service, and on-demand dining.
No, you don’t need a massage to have a good trip. The food doesn’t have to literally sing to you off the plate, either. But if you know you’re going on a long flight and you realize that at some point you’re going to need to sleep—because that baby won’t stop screaming—then spend a little more to get the most out of your trip.
If it was possible to live only in the air, we would all be birds.
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