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GT Tested: High-flyers pick best airline, airport...

December 6, 2012, 9:15 amYahoo!7

The US-based magazine Global Traveler has released the results of it's annual reader's choice survey. Find out who made the cut this year.

High-flyers pick best airline, airport...
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Consider yourself a travel connoisseur? See how your opinion stacks up against the results of Global Traveler's annual GT Tested Awards.

The US-based magazine asked its 28,000 elite business and luxury traveller readers to select their favourite travel related products and services.

Sure to get people talking, this year's roster of winners includes British Airways (Best Business Class), Asiana Airlines (Best Onboard Service), Qantas (Best Airline to Australia/NZ), and TAP Portugal (best Airline in Europe). The awards also cover the best hotel chains, aircraft types and airline security.

A stewardess at the first class bar of an Emirates Airbus A380. Photos: Getty


GT readers are frequent travellers averaging 16 international and domestic round trips a year, with an average household income of $369,900 USD per year. Readers spend an average of 100 nights a year in hotels, with a whopping 76 percent of them travelling regularly in business class.

See who made the cut this year:

Best Airline in the World - Singapore Airlines
Best Airline to Australia and New Zealand - Qantas
Best Airline in the Middle East - Emirates
Best Airline in Southeast Asia - Singapore Airlines
Best Airline in Europe - TAP Portugal
Best Airline for First Class - Emirates

Best Airline for Business Class - British Airways

Best Airport Staff/Gate Agents - Qatar Airways
Best Airline Cuisine – Alitalia
Best Airport Lounges - Emirates
Best Airport in the World - Incheon International Airport
Best Airport Dining - Changi International Airport
Best Aircraft Type - Boeing 747

Best International Hotel Chain - The Ritz-Carlton
Best Hotel in the United States - The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Best Hotel Chain in Asia - Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces
Best European Hotel Chain - Conrad Hotels & Resorts
Best Hotel Chain in the Middle East - Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts

Best Lifestyle Hotel - Andaz

Best Luggage Brand - Briggs & Riley
Best Duty Free Shops - Dubai Duty Free

Best WiFi Service - Boingo Wireless

Do you agree with the results? Who would get your vote?

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  1. Jo02:22pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I've been on heaps of airlines, but I must say my favourite is Virgin Australia and V Australia. The food coming back from USA was really nice (Salmon). I love their in flight entertainment (RED). Staff is great and attentive too. Within the USA we traveled on Virgin America, Delta Airlines and United Airlines and all were great. To Europe we've traveled with Emirates which was good, but I absolutely hated Dubai Airport. It was full of people sleeping all over the floor and you had to step over everyone! It felt dirty and the toilets were holes in the floor! YUK! However, on our second trip, the new exclusive Emirates terminal had opened and this was great. Incidentally, we had a 17 hr delay in Dubai, and Emirates gave us accommodation and 3 meals for our group of 8. We were impressed and really liked Dubai so much, we will schedule a few days there next time!

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  2. Hugo01:18pm Sunday 09th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Vso pohvalo letalskemu prevozniku za njihovo kvalitetno delo.Tudi sam sem delal v letalski družbi.Zato poznam delo letalskega osebja-posadke v letalu. Vse čestitke letalski družbi za uspeh in lep pozdrav v Novem letu 2013. 9.12.2012 HUGO

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  3. John06:51am Sunday 09th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Travelled a bit with emirates, still think they are very good, food and drinks were great. Then air canada have always had good flights with them. Last year did Virgin to the US, overall not bad, but cutting off the drinks a couple of hours out of LA was a bit rude. I have no idea why Qantas is ranked there, worst airline rates with Iraq air for me( if yu haven't flown with Iraq air try it!). Most travel cattle class and thats where the refinemetns should be not in the upper echelon front end of the plane. Most planes carry more cattle class than business class. You want repeat business and recommendations, give more legroom, have soft and sleeepable seats. Don't scrimp on the meals and drinks. You airline execs ,Treat prospective customers as you would expect to be treated and not as the poor cousins that you have to put up with from time to time.

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  4. Ravi03:56am Sunday 09th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I've just travelled with Emirates and the flight wasn't that great and seats were uncomfortable. Meals were ordinary. Qantas have improved in last 6 months. There something different about the service. In my opinion Qantas Business class should be rated best in the world. Good on you Qantas! Keep up the good work!

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  5. BV05:37pm Saturday 08th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Why is it that airlines will always advertise how good their First Class and Business classes are, and how many awards they get for these classes, but none will ever say anything about the CATTLE CLASS (ecomomy class), and the #$%$ they serve called meals, and the unfriendly staff that dish out the service in this cattle class. We pay good money to travel with these airlines, so I am sure some consideration should be shown instead of dereasing the meal sizes and quality, seats being made smaller and cramped, and only the cheap and nasty brand of drinks served in Cattle Class... I guess the humble person who travels in Cattle Class does not carry the same snooty/snobby prestige as the scumbags who travel in first and business classes.

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  6. BV05:27pm Saturday 08th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Every year I fly from Perth West Australia, to Frankfurt Germany on holidays, and love flying with Lufthansa Singapore to Frankfurt, the planes are fresh and clean, the staff in economy are very good and helpful, the meals are enjoyable. I enjoyed flying the 747 as they were comfortable, and reasonably quiet in the cabin, but have a big dislike for the A380, they are so noisy in the cabin especially if you are near the toilets. Lufthansa you have my number one vote anytime. Singapore airlines are also quite good, and staff are polite. But as long as my bum points to the ground I will NEVER fly Emirates. The economy is better called Cattle Class with this airlines. Food is utter #$%$ that is if they have any of the 2 main choices left otherwise you get vegetable or chicken wraps. Seats uncomfortable, staff in Cattle class not interested in complaints and unfriendly. Qantas cabin staff so far up themselves, so no time to be friendly to people in Cattle class. Food is Utter #$%$ and a waste of good raw materials to churn out the #$%$ actually Qantas food is GHASTLY in cattle class.

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  7. Betty Swollocks03:47pm Saturday 08th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Singapore Yes Yes. Emirates, Yes. Quantas, if you like the rough drunken behaviour, go for it. That only the Attendants, Virgin No Way

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  8. Danny01:57pm Saturday 08th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Singapore Airlines head and shoulders above the rest, I agree ... awesome in all aspects, every time we fly with them ...

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  9. Brenton01:25pm Saturday 08th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I have been a GT for the last 5 years and have flown most Airlines. I have consecutively qualified for the last 5 years as a Qantas platinum and PPS for SIA. Well done SIA! I am so glad to hear SIA has been voted the best airline as they are. Qantas need to hire their airlines staff on contract as they are getting too long in the tooth and don’t know how to smile anymore. I think Etihad will be there next year. Most Airline lounges are shocking unless you are in the Airlines home territory. The food is terribly if you are a frequent flyer. Best business class is BA, far from it. another grumpy bunch of people and you get to sit backwards if your unlucky.

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  10. ANTHONY05:51am Saturday 08th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The service on singapore/airlines is spot on. c/service is really good and they always have a smile and very helpfull. the airport is is good to have a good meal before u hop on your next flight. i highly reco'. S/airlines to every one. fly with s/airlinbes feel the difference. thanks. d/s/m/a.

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