Fully-flat bed? Onboard bar? Branded amenity kit? Most top airlines today will blow you away when it comes to the service and amenities they offer when flying in a premium cabin, writes Kat Townsend. But what if you’ve never flown in a premium cabin before, or you want to try something different, how on earth do you know which airline to pick? I mean, if they fly to your destination, that would be a good start, but aside from that how do you choose your bespoke dining experience or your fully-flat, all-singing, all-dancing, sumptuous bed? (NB: as far as I am aware, Business Class and First Class beds don’t actually sing and dance, but wouldn’t that be great?)
Getting advice from Skytrax
If you’re screaming at the screen saying “yes, I know what you mean; I am totally confused about who’s the best of the best!” – fear not, help is at hand. If you haven’t already heard of it, there is a nifty little website called Skytrax, which is like your TripAdvisor of the airline world: real people can leave reviews about airlines, including their experiences and woes. Of course, as with everything, you need to take some with a pinch of salt, but it is a great place to start if you’re unsure.
Furthermore they have awards – coveted quality accolades for the world’s airline industry. Travellers across the globe take part in the survey, creating a global benchmark of airline excellence that is widely known as the ‘Passengers’ Choice Awards’.
Flying with Qatar Airways
One premium airline we really recommend, Qatar Airways, is no stranger to these awards, having clinched Best Business Class in 2014 as well as recently receiving Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Business Class Comfort Amenities for 2015. Established in 1993, the airline re-launched in 1997 as a premium airline and subsequently gained a five-star rating by Skytrax. Since then it has maintained a strong focus on its modern fleet and destination reach, spanning 140 destinations in total including popular hubs like Bangkok, Bali, Singapore, Dubai and Melbourne.
First Class vs Business Class
Travelling in the height of luxury, Qatar Airways’ First Class cabins offer exclusive, hand-picked luxuries to complement your journey. From celebrity chef signature dishes, to Giorgio Armani amenity kits and even designers pyjama sets, Qatar Airways has luxury sorted. If the wallet won’t stretch to First Class, why not look at flying in their award-winning Business Class cabin. Experience the beauty of great design amid an oasis of high-tech offerings. If you’re travelling for your job, the large work surface at your Business Class seat will allow you to finalise that presentation before touching down, plus with sophisticated LED lighting to help you adjust between changing time zones, you will arrive well rested and refreshed.
So when flying in a premium cabin, why not fly with the best of the best – as voted by the people, for the people?
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