The 5 Coolest Airlines In The World
If you think "luxury" should never be used to describe economy-class flying, then Asiana Airlines would like to hand you a free beer and serenade you while you drink it. Though U.S. airlines have conditioned us to loathe air travel as a necessary evil for business trips or vacations, many airlines in other parts of the world strive to make it a fun and enjoyable experience. Whether it's through cracking jokes or popping bottles of free champagne, they go the extra mile to make sure that your flight is memorable in a good way. Here's a look at what you've been missing out on.
Cathay Pacific Air
When you board a flight on Cathay Pacific Air, the flight attendants will recognize you from your boarding pass and greet you by name and escort you to your seat. There, you'll be able to watch the latest movies and television shows, enjoy free ramen noodles whenever you want them and indulge in multiple restaurant-caliber meals throughout the flight. Even going to the bathroom on a Cathay Pacific flight is a luxurious experience - the first-class lavatories are eight times the size of the ones found on U.S. airlines and include their own window.
The fact that Singapore Airlines gives every passenger generous portions of free food and bar-quality alcohol during each flight would be enough to get them featured on this list, but the company's excellent service doesn't stop there. When boarding, each passenger will also receive a free travel kit that includes a pillow, a blanket, a toothbrush and other necessities. Flight attendants offer a free hot towel service during takeoff and will also provide champagne to business and first class passengers. With excellent service and affordable flights, Singapore Airlines is the best way for the Average Joe to fly like royalty.
The employees of South Africa-based Kulula Airlines are quite possibly the funniest people in the sky. Though the service on the budget airline is appropriately limited, the staff makes up for it by cracking one-liners like: "Please take all your possessions. Anything left behind will be shared equally between staff. Please note we do not accept unwanted mother-in-laws or children." Even Kulula's planes get in on the joke, often featuring witty paint jobs that turn them into moving infographics with captions like "This Way Up" plastered in lime green on the fuselage.
The Winner of Skytrax's "Best Airline of 2011" Award doesn't disappoint. The terminals for Qatar Airways look more like the lobbies of five star hotels than parts of an airport. The flight attendants recognize business class passengers by name, serve champagne at takeoff and provide all of Qatar's passengers with a smorgasbord of gourmet meals throughout the flight.
First-Class customers are given seats that fold flat to 180 degrees and possess 83 inches of leg room between passengers. Asiana Airlines knows how to treat its passengers. The food is great and the drinks are world class. However, the real gems of Asiana Airlines are the flight attendants. The friendly staff provides all sorts of entertainment to pass the time, from putting on fashion shows to drawing caricatures of the passengers to providing live violin performances during meals.
Without a doubt, these are some of the coolest airlines in the world. From awesome paint jobs to awesome food service, they redefine what it means to fly, especially in the eyes of an American business traveler. So the next time you need to book an international flight, look to see if a carrier like Qatar or Asiana Air will touch down in your destination. The pampering you'll receive will definitely be worth it.