Remember that whole fiasco last year where some people got all up in arms about alcohol being served on flights, because some people can’t handle their booze? What if some airlines are actually renowned for their alcohol-serving capabilities?
American Airlines has been awarded with three top honors in Global Traveler’s annual wine survey of International Business Class and North American premium class wines. The airline not only has the best wine selection, but its Murphy Goode Cabernet Sauvignon won Best North American Red Wine, and its Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Carneros Brut won Best North American Sparkling Wine. To top it all off (pun intended), oneworld® won the award for Best Alliance Wines on the Wing.
The winning wines all came down to a blind taste test where 26 airlines submitted 46 white wines, 49 red wines, and 23 champagne and sparkling wines. The tasting is organized by Global Traveler’s wine columnist/expert, Eunice Fried, and judged by 30 different wine experts. The process is all very serious, and the airlines involved in the competition go through a great deal of research to provide top quality wines onboard their flights.
Meanwhile, other airlines have already taken the lead in banning alcohol in-flight entirely, which not surprisingly has reduced the number of alcohol-related disturbances. Russia’s Aerflot has banned all drinking on its longer flights, with positive results (only to people in economy seats though, of course).
Now to find out how much customer satisfaction relates to alcohol being served on flights or not. The freedom to enjoy high-class wine while simultaneously soothing the nerves of jittery flyers, or never having to deal with obnoxious drunken travelers — what would you choose?
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