Top airline wines found on board Qantas, ANA

Qantas has kept its reputation sky high in the annual competition to determine the best wines served aboard the world’s airlines. The Cellars in the Sky Awards, organized by Business Traveller Magazine UK, were announced at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Monday, with Qantas triumphing in no fewer than six categories. Delta, Jetstar, LAN, … Continued

Cathay Pacific to serve restaurant meals in the sky

Cathay Pacific is to introduce meals from some of Hong Kong’s top restaurants on board its flights. Although airlines regularly draft in celebrity chefs to create in-flight menus, recreating cuisine served at ground level is a trickier business not least because of the logistics of preparing food in an aircraft galley and the different way … Continued

Cathay Pacific to add premium economy cabin

Hong Kong’s flag-carrier Cathay Pacific is to become the latest airline to include premium economy seating. The carrier will begin rolling out premium economy cabins next year between Hong Kong and Sydney, Singapore, Toronto and Shanghai. Further destinations are expected to follow throughout 2012 reported Australian Business Traveller

Qatar Airways named ‘World’s Best Airline’

Airline review site Skytrax has named the best airlines of the year – based on surveys of passengers – at the Paris Air Show. Qatar Airways beat Singapore Airlines to first place in the 2011 rankings, rising from third place, while Asiana dropped from the top of the table to take third place. Cathay Pacific … Continued

Delta tops the world’s most admired airlines

Delta Air Lines has been voted the world’s most admired airline by Fortune magazine, managing to push Singapore Airlines into second place. The award means that Delta came out top in a string of assessments including social responsibility and quality of product, as well as business-related criteria such as quality of management and global competitiveness. … Continued

Hong Kong airport lounge tops world’s best

The Wing airport lounge at Hong Kong International Airport has been chosen as the best in the world by guidebook publisher Frommers. In a guide compiled for USA Today, Frommer’s picked the world’s top ten executive lounges, putting Cathay Pacific‘s 4,500 square meter facility in first place. Reserved for Cathay’s first and business class passengers, … Continued

Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines joins airline elite

Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines has become the seventh airline in the world to win a five-star rating from airline reviewer Skytrax. The prestigious ranking is awarded by Skytrax and is the highest rating an airline can achieve, signifying a “truly consistent and high quality of Product and Service.” Hainan Airlines was the first mainland Chinese … Continued

Airlines launch new premium products

As premium travelers take to the skies again, this week has seen the launch of new products catering to big-spending passengers from two major airlines. Cathay Pacific launched its new business class seat at a glittering event in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, describing it as a “passenger-led design.” The seat folds down … Continued

What’s cooking on board aircraft this winter?

KLM announced a partnership with Dutch chef Jonnie Boer this week, adding yet another name to the roster of kitchen superstars providing our in-flight meals. From December 1, business class passengers onboard the flag-carrier of the Netherlands will be able to enjoy traditional Dutch food designed by Boer, whose Restaurant de Librije is ranked as … Continued

Airline lounges – who has the best?

Last week, Hong Kong-flag carrier Cathay Pacific unveiled its new lounge at Hong Kong International airport, promising a “new level of comfort and convenience.” “The Cabin” is spread across 1,339 square meters and designed by Foster and Partners to be “contemporary, refreshing and dynamic.” Passengers can choose between 5 zones designed for different purposes, including … Continued

The best tipples at 35,000 ft

Australian carrier Qantas has the world’s best on-board wine selection, according to the Cellar in the Sky Awards presented February 9. The airline took four awards, including Best First Class Red Wine, Best First Class Fortified / Sweet Wine, Best First Class Cellar, and Best Presented Wine List. Its parent Oneworld Alliance also took the … Continued