What are your 5 best airlines?

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  • Inquisitive
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    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:
    Singapore Airlines
    Emirates Airlines
    Qatar Airlines
    ANA airways
    Vistara Airlines.


    cwoodward
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    My five are in no particular order
    They are airlines that I have always served me will and that I have always enjoyed flying

    Bangkok Airways
    JAL
    Lufthansa
    Cathay Pacific
    Thai


    Bigfoot
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    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.


    GivingupBA
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    Top 5, consistently good (not in any order) Asiana, KLM, Cathay, Qatar, Lufthansa.


    onajetplane
    Participant

    Economy: Qantas
    Premium Economy: Emirates
    Business (within Europe): BA (unless doing LHR – IST, then 100% would take Turkish)
    Business (long haul): Qatar
    First: Emirates
    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.


    esselle
    Participant

    Europe short haul – Jet 2, EasyJet
    J Class – Qatar
    F Class – Air France, Emirates


    MartynSinclair
    Participant

    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.

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    FDOS
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    The five that suit my purposes, when I need to travel.


    FDOS
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    @Martyn

    I recently flew AF J from DXB-CDG and thought it was excellent, way better than BA (not that that is a high bar, these days).

    If La Premiere scales up proportionately, it should be a very good product.


    AlanOrton1
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    Tend to agree with FDOS on this one.

    Based purely on travel this year:
    Qatar
    Alaskan
    T3 – BA (club suite only) & AA
    Delta

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    esselle
    Participant

    FDOS, what do you mean by “scales up proportionately”? Is it that the routes it flies on are somewhat limited?

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    FDOS
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    esselle

    I just mean if the F product is proportionately better than the J (as it should be for the price increment), it will be excellent.

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    Rferguson2
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    For me,

    1. Oman Air
    2. Qatar
    3. SQ
    4. JAL
    5. Thai


    Biggoonerfan
    Participant

    Five best are Singapore – Emirates – Cathay – JAL – QATAR

    From BA Gold Holder!


    LetsFlyNow
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    For me they are:

    Eva Air
    Singapore Airlines
    Lufthansa (mostly due to First Class)
    Air France (tremendously improved)
    KLM
    *EK (A380)

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