Monocle’s Travel Top 50, a list selected by the magazine’s editors, honours a good-looking carrier.
Passengers often look for many things in an airline – comfortable seating with plenty of legroom, courteous service, a sound safety record, excellent value. But now there is a new accolade to guide consumers, which names the airline with the “most handsome crew”.
Monocle’s Travel Top 50, an annual list selected by the popular magazine’s editors, gives this honour to Portugal’s national airline TAP, which employs more than 2,800 people.
“It feels a bit 1950s to be talking about attractive flight crew, but let’s be honest, who doesn’t enjoy being served by a handsome fella with a nice smile and a twinkle in his eye?” Monocle writes.
“The largely Portuguese crew embody many of the nation’s best traits: they’re friendly, welcoming and multilingual (they must speak Portuguese, English and a third language),” the magazine continues.
“On our travels we’ve always found them to be polite but never obsequious – and did we mention handsome too?”
Besides the crew members, TAP’s A330 aircraft, used for long haul, have also been refurbished, and the airline is now modernising its short-haul A319s, A320s and A321s. The first A330neo will be flown by TAP this year.
This includes new Portuguese-designed seats in all classes and a new class, Plus, between economy and executive with more legroom and “better reclining”, the Independent reports.