What are your 5 best airlines?Back to Forum
While replying to another thread, I thought we can create a thread about 5 best airlines in this forum group and see how far is that from Skytrax etc. voting.
The consideration need to be both hard products and services and for both business and economy class. Those who have good experience in first class across many airlines, they can factor that also; but looking for general comprehensive assessment.
My 5 best airlines are:
Vistara Airlines.9 Dec 2023
My five are in no particular order
They are airlines that I have always served me will and that I have always enjoyed flying
Thai9 Dec 2023
Pre-Covid and pre-Qatar operating out of Cardff Wales, I must have completed ten or twelve Business Class flights from LHR with Garuda International on their B777-300ER to Jakarta. I realise they used to have safety issues and were banned from flying into Europe and the USA.
These Garuda International flights were the best flights I ever experienced to Jakarta but they no longer exist.
Flying four round trips a year to Indonesia, I’d previously used Emirates which were enjoyable apart from scary limo drivers racing up the motorway to Birmingham.
Hoping Qatar return to Cardiff, Wales.
Within Europe it’s mostly BA Club World or TAP Executive Class both of which suit my needs.9 Dec 2023
Premium Economy: Emirates
Business (within Europe): BA (unless doing LHR – IST, then 100% would take Turkish)
Business (long haul): Qatar
Fav niche smaller airline/serves me well: Sounds Air
If flying to a certain city, for nostalgia I will try and fly: MEA
Overall fav, probably Qatar. Albeit ironically they do frustrate that despite being OW Emerald (BA), they are the one airline that don’t offer total reciprocity of OW benefits.9 Dec 2023
Post covid I have only used 5 airlines regularly
BA – QATAR – Air Malta – Finnair – Cathay
Despite their problems, I always receive great service on Air Malta. Qatar provides an excellent overall product. Cathay I enjoy for the amazing HKG lounges and the great welcome. It was very nice to see so many of the pre covid staff back in the Pier lounge. British Airways, I can currently say very little good about the airline, staff or the product. I use BA only for cost and convenience.
The one airline / service I am longing to try is Air France (F). There are so many You Tube videos from reputable bloggers showcasing the amazing product. I understand it to be an all round, COMPLETE F class.9 Dec 2023