Posted December 3, 2008 by Carl Unger
For the fifth consecutive year, readers of Global Traveler named Singapore Airlines the best carrier in the world. According to GT, "It is no wonder the esteemed carrier is a consistent favorite among our readers. The innovative airline continually upgrades its product to meet the demands of its passengers. In 2008 Singapore Airlines introduced a new business-class seat—the industry’s largest fully flat bed features in-seat power outlets, USB ports, a 15.4-inch LCD TV screen and more."
Of course, saying Singapore's business class makes it the world's best airline is like saying Richard Branson's ultra-private Necker Island resort is the world's top hotel: I'm sure both are great, and I'm sure the dozen or so people that can afford either love the service, but what about the rest of us?
Enter Air Canada. The carrier from up north took the honors as Best Airline in North America (and Best Airline in Canada). Global Traveler wrote, "With programs like On My Way, a service designed to ease complications due to cancellations and delays, Air Canada proves ensuring its customers’ wellbeing is a top priority."
What about our domestic carriers? American won Best Airline for Domestic First Class. And that's about it. Slow clap, everyone.
When surveys like this come out, it's always fun to ask people to share their thoughts on it. Do you agree with the selections? If not, which airlines would you pick? Leave a comment below with your choices. Thanks
(Photo: Singapore Airlines)
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