2019 Skytrax Awards: best business class airlines

best business class airlines for 2019

This year has been a terrific year for business class passengers with the debut of new business class seats on Hainan Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Turkish Airlines and British Airways to name a few. Moreover, the addition of the new Turkish Airlines lounge at Istanbul Airport, Virgin Australia lounge at Brisbane Airport, or even Finnair Platinum Wing Lounge in Helsinki has business class customers excited.

Pair seats and lounges with amenities such as kits, meals, linen and more, and you’ve got a list of airlines that are making big moves to provide their passengers with the best-in-class. However, there are airlines that outshine others, which is why every year airlines are nominated and awarded awards in different categories including all levels of business class. With that said, let’s take a look at the top ten best business class airlines and each category for 2019.

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Windhoek city guide: what to see in Namibia’s capital

Windhoek city guide

Namibia, Africa is a coastal nation that borders Angola, Botswana and South Africa. It’s capital, Windhoek is known to have some diverse wildlife and plenty of cheetahs, which is why a safari trip near Windhoek may be better than those found in other parts of Africa.

Before Windhoek was ruled by the Germans in 1884, the Portuguese were the first to colonize the area when they landed on Namibia soil in 1485. Before then, different groups of tribesmen settled in the area at different time periods, but after the Germans took control, there was a lot of upheaval between the Europeans and the natives.

Although Germany ceased control of Namibia, the country fell under South Africa’s rule for almost 20 years until Namibia won its independence in 1990. Throughout the centuries of colonization, the country underwent a lot of transformation, and even though the city’s capital was only established in 1890, it’s bustling with plenty of things to do and see. Heading to Windhoek? Here are some recommendations to consider checking out.

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2019 Skytrax Awards: best airlines in the world

Best airlines in the world for 2019 skytrax awards

The world’s Airline Customer Satisfaction Survey has completed for 2019 and the best airlines in the world have been revealed. This year’s winner? Qatar Airways.

For years, Singapore Airlines has reined in the number one spot, but for 2019, Qatar has made a comeback. The airline has been in the number one spot four times before in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017. Last year, Qatar Airways held second place.

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Where to go this summer based on your zodiac sign

Where to go based on your zodiac sign

We all have different personalities, including our likes and dislikes. But did you know that the stars can influence what we destinations we prefer? And, more specifically, where we’re more comfortable being? You can partially thank your zodiac sign for that. Even if you don’t believe in astrology, we hope this guide can help you to choose the destination that best suits your sign—or at least just have some fun with it!

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TAP Portugal debuts their new A330neo business class seat

TAP A330neo business class seat

Airbus has been working on a new jet for several years called the A330neo and TAP Portugal is the first airline to debut this airplane with the Airspace by Airbus cabin interior.

TAP launched the first flight in December from Lisbon to São Paulo, and the first one to the US via Chicago from Lisbon just this month. The airline will continue to add new routes to the US and even Europe over the next few years. Those who fly aboard this aircraft in business class will be able to sit in the CL6710 by Recaro seat that’s forward facing, fully-flat and offers direct aisle access for all of the 34 passengers sitting in the premium cabin.

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What to do in Quito: hidden gems and local favorites

What to do in Quito Ecuador

One of South America’s more unique cities is one of our favorites. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is the second highest city sitting above sea level in the world and is the largest city in the nation.

Long before Quito was colonized by Spain, the area was ruled by indigenous tribes that can be traced back to 8000 BC. In the 15th century, the Incas invaded, then in 1531, Spain landed. Two years later, Rumiñahui, an Incan warrior, ended up burning the city to the ground destroying all of Quito’s ancient history to prevent Spain from taking over. Although he was successful in destroying Quito, the city was colonized and officially became Quito in 1541. For 300 years, Ecuador was under Spanish rule until 1822 when it gained its independence. Today, Quito is a fascinating city with a lot of history and interesting sites to discover for both tourists and locals alike.

So if this capital is on your list of go-to destinations, we recommend these hidden gems and local favorites to add to your list.

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What travel has taught us

What travel has taught us

As we travel more and more, we learn from what we see, do and experience. The more we learn, the better travelers we become—from going out of our comfort zones to how we interact with others. Regardless of what it is, travel continues to teach us, allowing us to grow and become better versions of ourselves and as humans discovering the world. So what exactly has travel taught us? Let’s take a look…

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What do all those letters on your boarding pass mean?

Letters on boarding pass meaning

Boarding passes were first written out and handed to passengers at airport check-in for decades, ever since people started to fly commercially. In 2008, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) proclaimed that commercial airlines can no longer issue handwritten boarding passes. Today, most of the world continues to issue paper tickets issued electronically, but the use of mobile passes is increasing.

Nonetheless, regardless if you’re holding a mobile or printed ticket, there are character combinations that signify different things. And no, we’re not talking about the Gate, Seat, Departure/ Arrival Time or Airline Number. So, do you know what all those other letters on your boarding pass mean?

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All aboard Ethiopian Airlines business class

Ethiopian Airlines business class

Despite what some may think, the newer Ethiopian Airlines business class seats on the Boeing 787s and A350s are actually modern, clean and fresh.

Set in a 2-2-2 configuration, Ethiopian Airlines business class, known as CloudNine, offers a herringbone design with a seat width of 22 inches and a length of 78 inches when converted into a fully-flat bed. Each seat is equipped with a 15.4-inch HD touchscreen featuring an excellent variety of films and shows, both old and new, and can be controlled with the accompanying remote located on the side of the seat. With the remote, you can control other parts of your seat such as turning the light on/off, sending messages, maneuvering the map on the screen, and even playing games.

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Santiago city guide: exploring Chile’s capital

Santiago city guide

Before Santiago was founded in 1541 by Pedro de Valdivia, a Spanish conquistador, it was home to indigenous tribes that have been living in Chile since 12,000 BC. After the Spanish colonized the area, it took several hundred years for the city to really build. In the 18th century, Santiago prospered in various aspects of life including infrastructure, economic development and trade.

When colonial domination ended in the 19th century, Santiago had not caught up with the rest of the world until later in the century when the gold rush boomed. In the 20th century, many people from the outskirts came into the city to work and help develop it into the vibrant place it is today. So for those of you who are planning to spend a few days in Chile’s capital, even if it’s a stopover, here are some must dos and sees we recommend.

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