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Revealed: The best airlines for each cabin class

With all passengers keen to get the best experiences when flying, airlines have been competing to ensure they come out on top.

Now has produced a list of what it says are the best in the business across the main four cabin classes – first class, business class, premium economy and economy.

Among the deciding factors were the space given to each passenger, the levels of innovation available in each class, alongside product and safety reviews.

So which airlines claimed the top five across the four categories?

First class

Etihad Airways took top spot, thanks in part to the concept of The Residence – a passenger’s very own hotel in the sky.

It’s common place for guests travelling in first class with the top airlines to experience a fine array of wines, a la carte dining and private suites.

Singapore Airlines took second while the entertainment-heavy offering from Emirates took third; with Qantas Airways and Cathay Pacific completing the top five for luxury travel.

Business class

The home of vast improvements in recent years, many airlines have opted to offer flat beds, privacy and locations to store laptops and computing equipment.

Virgin Atlantic’s business class offering was found to be the best, thanks to the spacious seating in the Airbus A330s and Boeing 777s in its fleet.

Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines claimed second and third respectively, with Etihad Airways and Qantas also in the top five.

Premium economy

Now more widespread on long-haul flights, the option is growing in popularity as it offers more legroom, faster check-in facilities and more food and drink options than regular economy.

Air New Zealand led the way in this class, with Airlineratings suggesting that they have found the balance between having the right products at the right price.

Qantas Airways took second with Virgin Australia in third, Virgin Atlantic in fourth and Singapore Airlines completing the set.


Even though rates are low, customers still expect a certain level of quality and is best offered by Singapore Airlines, according to the rankings.

The airline has always been a leader in the class according to the results and constant innovation has kept it at the top of the pile.

Korean Airlines, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific Airways and Qantas completed the top five for economy class travel.

British Airways appeared twice in the rankings, taking seventh spot for first class travel and tenth for Premium Economy class.

If you’re planning a trip overseas in the coming year, be sure to organise your specialist travel insurance in advance.

Date Created: 07/12/2016

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