Jealous of passengers turning left on a BA flight? Now you’ve got another reason to turn green. The airline has just won the top award in the ‘Best Overall Wine Cellar’ category in the prestigious Cellars in the Sky 2016 Awards.
For those of us that turn right, these awards are important to the airline industry as they give the airlines bragging rights when attracting business travelers.
If your favourite tipple is white wine, then fly with either American Airlines or Malaysia Airlines who won joint Gold for Best First Class White. Those who prefer red should book instead with Japan Airlines, who collected the Gold Medal for Best First Class Red.
(If you can only afford to fly in business class then go for Brussels Airlines which won Best Business Class Red).
The competition has been running since 1985 and so this year marked its 31st year. Run by ‘Business Traveler’ magazine, the organisers contacted more than 75 airlines in summer 2016, of which 33 entered.
(Bet you can guess which airlines chose not to!)
A prestigious panel of judges then took part in a blind tastings session held last summer before announcing the winners at the Business Traveler Show held earlier this week at Olympia.
For the Oenophiles among our readers, you may be interested to know that all the wines in the Best First Class Red category were from New Zealand, where as all those in the Best First Class Sparkling were from France. Several Austrian wines also made it in to the categories this year, including the Best Business Class White category and Best Business Class Fortified/Sweet.
And what about the most important drink when choosing an airline? The champagne? Well, that was shared this year by Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways who both serve up Krug Grande Cuvée, NV, Cotes des Blancs.