Wouldn’t it be nice if we could fly around in luxurious airlines? Unfortunately, for the majority of us flying is rarely a comfortable experience. Stuffy and overcrowded flights, bland airline food, and elusive flight attendants can often make flying seem more like an ordeal than the magical wonder it was meant to be (after all, you are flying through the sky in a “giant metal bird”). But flying doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable drag. On this list, we dig into the most luxurious airlines in the world.
You may be asking “what does a luxurious airline look like”? How about fully-reclining seats with champagne and caviar delivered right as you board the plane. Or maybe you’d prefer booking a room – actually, three rooms – where you get your own private butler and an on-board gourmet chef? How about free limousine pick-up or Giorgio Armani toiletries on-board? These services are only offered by the most luxurious of airlines, services which are meant to blow your mind! So if you have thousands of dollars to shell out on a trip across the skies, you too can be the recipient of service so high-class that even the Ritz-Carlton would look basic. Read on to see which airlines serve as a cut-above-the-rest in this list of the 25 Most Luxurious Airlines in the World.
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Expanded after the 2010 merger with Continental Airlines, United Airlines takes the 25th spot on our list of the world’s most luxurious airlines. United’s GlobalFirst with 6.5 feet (2.0 m) long suites which recline into full beds (with duvet) and multi-course meals (with cheese and after-dinner liqueurs) earn it this spot, though we must say…it pales in comparison to some of the more luxurious players on the list.
The flag carrier of China, Air China offers its Forbidden Pavilion service in First Class. All passengers flying in First Class are eligible for free ground transportation via limousine and pajamas and slippers for the flight. Passengers also receive amenity kits from L’Occitane including lotion and a sleep mask.
One of the two major South Korean airlines, Asiana Airlines offers five classes of service: one economy class, two business classes, and two first classes, including a suite class. Sporting the largest personal televisions on this list at 32″, each First Suite Class also comes with a personal mini bar and a starry sky projection to help you fall to sleep.
Garuda Indonesia is the flag carrier of Indonesia and one of the most luxurious airlines in the world. Receiving the Skytrax five-star airline rating, the airline is known for its on-board immigration processing and its massive seat pitches in first class of 82 inches (nearly 7 feet, 2.1 m). It also won “The World’s Best Cabin Crew” in 2015 from Skytrax.
Reflecting the Japanese emphasis on high-quality service, Japan Airlines features fully-reclinable seats and even 23-inch personal televisions in its Sky Suites. The second largest airline in Japan, they have partnered with Chef Yamamoto to design their menu which includes specialty meals which can be prebooked and delivered during flight.