Another top-ranked carrier is similarly beloved by readers. Emirates, which ranked No. 2 last year, came in third in this year’s voting. “Fabulous service, excellent and friendly attendants, good choices on the menu,” wrote one fan. “They provide many nice little extras, and the seats are very comfortable.” Many others took note of the superior service that Emirates offers, as well as the Dubai-based carrier’s extensive selection of destinations.
Founded in 1985, and flying out of Dubai with just two aircraft, Emirates now has a fleet of more than 230 aircraft, and currently, flies to over 140 destinations in more than 80 countries around the world. The Emirates network is expanding constantly, with over 1,500 flights departing Dubai each week on their way to destinations on six continents.
I had my best airline experience on Emirates, hands down. I somehow found myself upgraded to first class on a flight from Delhi to Dubai and it felt like pure luxury. I was a celebrity! I was royalty! I was Madam President! The lay-flat seats, the service, the food. I’m ruined for life.—Lara Kramer