Virgin America is the top U.S. airline for Premium Class in 2012, according to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Business Travel Poll, an annual survey — rating hotels, hotel brands and airlines — conducted among business travelers.
The survey also ranked Singapore Airlines the best airline in Asia for Premium Class.
Virgin Atlantic and Emirates took the top honors for the same category in Europe and in Africa/Middle East respectively.
- How Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Business Travel Poll works.
An independent firm — Global Market Insite, Inc, asked over 46,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers identified as business travelers to rate hotels, hotel brands, and airlines on a variety of criteria. Final scores (out of 100) represent the percentage of readers who rated a hotel, hotel brand, or airline excellent or very good — other rating options include good, fair, or poor.
Below is a summary of ranking — including final scores — of Airlines for Premium Class by region.
North America: Virgin America, 87.9; Hawaiian Airlines, 81.2; Sun Country Airlines, 72.5.
Asia: Singapore Airlines, 91.4; Cathay Pacific, 90.5: Air New Zealand, 89.1.
Europe: Virgin Atlantic, 86.9; Swiss International Air Lines, 84.0; Lufthansa, 81.6.
Africa/Middle East: Emirates, 91.0; Etihad Airways, 87.0; El Al Israel Airlines, 85.1.
Below is the Condé Nast Traveler’s Hotel Brands ranking:
Auberge Resorts, 94.4; Montage Hotels & Resorts, 93.7; Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, 93.3; Peninsula Hotels, 92.9; Four Seasons, 92.4; Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, 91.6; Trump Hotel Collection, 91.6; Ritz-Carlton, 91.1; St. Regis, 90.8; Mandarin Oriental, 89.1; Raffles Hotels & Resorts, 89.1; Wynn Resorts, 89.1; One&Only, 88.6; Shangri-La, 87.4; Regent, 87.1.
Full ratings of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Business Travel Poll can be found here.