Saturday, June 10, 2006

Airline Wine Report : Singapore Airlines Raffles (Business) Class scores 121

This summarizes the wine served aboard a flight from the United States to Singapore (stopping in Frankfurt) in December, 2005. The class of service was Raffles, Singapore Airlines' brand name for its Business Class.

The score is based on the criteria described in this post. Over the next few months, I hope to collect data on more of the major airlines.

  • Champagne: Charles Heidsieck, 1995 $50
  • White Wine: Laboure Roi, Montagny, 2002 $26
  • Red Wine: Chateau Cissac, 1998 $28
  • Dessert wine: Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage, 2000 $17
  • TOTAL SCORE: 121

I found it a bit difficult to price the Montagny and the Cissac in the United States so I used figures from wine merchants in the United Kingdom. (This is not an exact science!)

I have often heard it said that the quality of Singapore Airlines in Business Class exceeds that of United Airlines in First. This score seems to support that position. United scored 116 in First Class while Singapore gets 121 for its Business Class. Singapore's First Class got 250.

The top scorer is Cathay Pacific in First Class with 280.

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