Twenty five years ago, Frankie Dettori achieved the remarkable feat of riding seven out of seven winners at British Champions’ Day at Ascot Racecourse.
Dettori’s achievement – winning aboard Wall Street, Diffident, Mark of Esteem, Decorated Hero, Fatefully, Lochangel and Fujiyama Crest – became known as The Magnificent Seven.
And now, to help Ascot Racecourse and Frankie Dettori to celebrate the quarter century anniversary, we have asked our clients, partners, colleagues and friends to tell us their favourite airlines and airports, in order to produce our own Magnificent Seven.
Here’s what they came up with…
Magnificent Seven airlines
British Airways, easyJet, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar Airways, SAS, Swiss
And some selected comments about these airlines
British Airways “I like to travel with British Airways personally especially for long flights as I find them more comfortable and they provide decent food and drinks”.
easyJet “Of course low-cost is what it is, but I believe they are a cut above the rest in how you are treated, and how fair and clear they are about their policies and extra charges. With most of the other low-cost carriers, I always get the feeling that they are trying to somehow trick you into spending extra at every single step, be it online check in, or lack thereof, constantly changing cabin bag size limits, etc, but easyJet are much more upfront about everything, and you know where you stand”.
Lufthansa “Lufthansa offers everything I need for business trips and seems to get better and better every year”.
Qantas “Modern cabins, good schedules, but above all, their people are amazing throughout, from check in to baggage reclaim through, of course their cabin crew. I´ve flown both business and economy with them, and they treat you like a star all the way, every time, every class of service”.
Qatar Airways “Long haul I like Qatar Airlines – definitely the best business class I have experienced. Only once been upgraded to first which was brilliant!”
SAS “Efficient. On time. The routes serve my purposes perfectly”.
Swiss “I have only ever had excellent services when flying on Swiss”.
Some of the other airlines mentioned in the favourite category include Virgin Atlantic, Ryanair and, pre-pandemic, Flybe.
Magnificent seven airports
London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Dublin, Manchester, Singapore Changi, Southampton
The poll was unscientific and based entirely on opinions. Do you agree with the lists? Do you have a different favourite airline or airport? If so, join the conversation on Twitter, with the hashtag #MagnificentSeven and tweet us on @globaltravelmgt