The business of flight is notoriously tough: airplane employees have to transport, entertain, and serve passengers—who are essentially captive in a giant tin cylinder hurtling through the sky—for sometimes more than a dozen hours straight. There are no pit-stops, no roadside attractive, and, for most travelers, no choice. When it comes to overseas transportation, options are typically limited.
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Some carriers, however, have eschewed the notion that airplanes should be little more than oversized buses in the air. Instead, they're focusing on creating memorable (even desirable) customer experiences. Take Singapore Airlines, for example, which swept all the No. 1 categories in this year's Worlds Best survey. Readers have applauded the airline for its food, value, and service: customer service and in-flight service.
From friendly assistance on the ground to doting flight attendants en route, the World's Best airlines have perfected the art of keeping passengers happy from the second they purchase their ticket until they land in their final destination. After all, when you're cruising at 30,000 feet, even the smallest details can make all the difference.
The next time you fly, keep an eye out for a chance to travel with one of these T+L reader-approved airlines. They're guaranteed to make the whole "strapped to a piece of metal hurtling through the clouds" a better experience than you ever expected.