- Derek Low
When the wealthy are looking to fly, Singapore Airlines and Qantas Airlines are their preferred carriers, according to a new report from New World Wealth, a ratings, surveys, and statistics provider that specializes in the global wealth sector.
The report is based on interviews with 800 high-net-worth individuals. New World Wealth made use of its proprietary database of over 150,000 high-net-worth individuals from around the world to conduct the survey.
One name notably missing from the favorite airlines mix: the uber-luxe Emirates Air, known for its plush first-class cabins always pushing the boundaries of luxury.
“Maybe it was just a question of not as many high-net-worth individuals flying on the Emirates routes,” Andrew Amoils, head of research at New World Wealth, told CNBC News.
Below, find the top five favorite airlines of wealthy jetsetters.
5. Air France
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Air France is all about catering to customers willing to spend: this fall, the airline launched a new service in the form of first-class pods called “boudoirs.” The suites come with Michelin-star food service, a personal closet, complimentary Givenchy toiletries, and furnishings in high-end materials like wood, suede, and tweed. A privacy curtain seals passengers off from the rest of the plane. The cost? About $8,560.
4. Lufthansa Airlines
Lufthansa offers the usual first-class amenities: personal entertainment systems, lie-flat beds, luxury toiletries, and the like. But the biggest perk might be a decadent caviar service and wine selection curated by renowned sommelier Markus Del Monego.
3. Japan Airlines
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Japan Airlines offers a “Sky Suite” decorated with woodgrain interiors and leather seating. Retractable privacy partitions, 23-inch personal TVs, and meals prepared by Michelin-starred chefs make the experience top-notch.
2. Qantas Airlines
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Qantas is a perennial passenger favorite, especially given its first-class options: lie-flat beds are a full 6.5-feet-long and have sheepskin mattresses, and ottomans make it possible to entertain a guest in your own suite. For meals, eight-course tasting menus up the elegance factor.
1. Singapore Airlines
- Derek Low
Singapore Airlines tops many lists as the world’s best, and for good reason: passengers rave about excellent service, differentiating this carrier from most others.
The amenities aren’t bad either, with first-class seats 35 inches wide and privacy panels, ambient mood lighting, and pajamas provided for you.