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  • Dec 30, 2009
Travel is what I do best in life & I've had traveled on more than 50 airlines to more than 50 countries in the last decade. It's therefore apt that I should make a list of some of the best airlines I've been on. It is a list based on my personal preference and also one that's very subjective. Hence, if you like some other airlines better than those that are listed on this list, perhaps we can exchange notes and share some experiences? I'd love to hear about great experiences on airlines which I've never been on!
Japan Airlines (JAL)
#1 because JAL is top in overall category. It has become more expensive over the years though. I used to remember JAL's delicious meal which involved the best beef steaks ever served on board & by that I mean Economy sector, not to mention my favorite Kirin and other Japanese brands of beer. JAL has great friendly service, clean washrooms and efficient crew. On a more personal notes, this is the airline that has upgraded me to Business Class many times over. Love it!
Singapore Airlines
Newest fleet of planes & the most on-time airline I've traveled on. Commonly known as SQ or SIA in Asia, Singapore Airlines is the most profitable airline in the world. It holds a good safety record and good value if you buy your tickets outside Singapore itself! Don't ask me why but it certainly feels like dumping to me for some reason. Never mind that, as a customer, you can be rest assured you've the very best of it all when you are on SIA!
See the full review, "Singapore Girls & A380".
Cathay Pacific
I love the Häagen-Dazs ice cream it served as desserts. CX might have stopped the practice since the world economic recession but overall, this is still one of Asian's best airlines with a reasonably new fleet of aircrafts.
It's been a long time since I was last on Swissair. However, the last time I was on it, it was a memorable one as the plane was aborted to take off due to bad weather & the pilots felt it was unsafe to fly that very night. We were put in Swissotel for the night and was given vouchers for breakfast and lunch. The next day, I was transported on Singapore Airlines at the earliest possible flight out of Zurich. First class treatment to its passengers, I thought. The only regrettable thing is that Swissair doesn't have many routes in Asia. Else, it'll be right at the top!
Northwest Airlines (NWA)
NWA sucks domestically but for its Pacific routes, it's on par with the top airlines in the region. Asian air stewardesses put NWA in a competitive mode. I mean, c'mon, who wants to be served by flight attendants who are old enough to be your grandma, right? I mean I'm not sexist or discriminatory, but I feel bad to be served by old people. Plus, I don't think it's safe although I'm sure they are well trained. For one, they are not equipped to help me with heavy luggages and for another, there are jobs which are better served by the younger generation. NWA doesn't have that problem on its Pacific routes and it had one of the best frequent flyer's program around. Now that it's been bought over by Delta, I no longer take the airline. I hate Delta! On a brighter note, NWA has nice airport lounges in Narita.
See the full review, "The way to a customer's heart".
Because of my Northwest Worldperk's status, my flights on KLM are comfortable as I often get great seats and the use of its lounges. KLM is reasonably safe but a tat boring. I don't use much of its service as on most flights to Amsterdam, I slept as soon as I boarded the plane & by the time I awoke, I've arrived! No event and that's all I want!
All Nippon Airways (ANA)
ANA has got nice crew and the Japanese service is superb.
Thai Airways International
Thai Airways is a friendly airline and it symbolizes the warmth of the Thai people. I like this airline because it's more economical and it also serves good food. On top of that, its hub in Bangkok means I can get a stopover there to enjoy a few wonderful massages and great Thai food!
I've been on this airline only once while traveling from the U.S. to Reykjavik. What was impressive was its meals. Yummy!

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December 31, 2009
How'd I know that you were going to be the first to come up with such a list? :P  I've flown on some of these, and agreed!  I fly on Cathay the most, and I, too, miss their little cups of ice cream at the end of meals, but I guess they make up for that with their standard cup of noodle snack now?  Have you ever been on Virgin Atlantic or EVA?  I've heard nothing but rave reviews about those two.  Great list, Sharrie! :)
January 01, 2010
Yes, I've traveled on EVA but not Virgin Atlantic. I took EVA when it's first launched. Haven't taken it for the last decade that's why I didn't put it on the list. I haven't took it since Singapore Airlines crashed in Taipei International Airport & since I haven't been around Taiwan much these days, it's just not on my routes. :-) As for Virgin, haven't quite seen it around Asia.
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I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
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