Virtuoso Life - July/August 2017 - 69
Room to relax: Singapore Airlines' Premium
HINT: THE RELAXATION BEGINS EVEN BEFORE YOU BOARD.
IRTUOSO TRAVEL ADVISORS, AGENCY
executives, and our own staff know a thing or
two about spending quality time on an airplane,
and they've got an arsenal of pro tips for creating
an enjoyable experience at 30,000 feet.
"I love Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, and not just
because my husband flies it as an American
Airlines pilot. Lower cabin altitude, increased
air humidity, larger windows, and an ambient lighting
system create a comfortable cabin designed to reduce jet lag. Ask the flight attendant about the lighting's party mode - the instruction manual advises to
'use discretion.' " - Elaine Srnka, editorial director
"For long hauls to Asia, Singapore Airlines
and Cathay Pacific have some of the roomiest premium economy seats, with a 38-inch
seat pitch, as well as plenty of entertainment.
Cathay's StudioCX system lets you create your own
movie playlists." - Mishelle Ying, travel advisor,
El Segundo, California
"Noise-canceling headphones are an essential investment for unwinding in economy -
Beats by Dre and Bose are two brands I like.
If you're flying to Europe or Asia from the U.S. and
want a window seat, be sure to sit on the north side
of the aircraft - opposite the sun - so the direct light
doesn't make it impossible to look out the window."
- Todd Bliwise, travel agency executive, New York City
"Conventional wisdom says hydrate, hydrate,
hydrate. I say: Don't ignore the wine list!
I had my first glass of Château Margaux on
an Emirates flight to Nairobi. The airline has invested
$500 million in its wine program, and even has its
own storage facilities in France. Other airlines use
their wine lists to showcase local varietals; Qantas,
for example, serves Australian vintages." - Keely
Crowder, travel advisor, New Orleans
"All seats are not created equal, which is why
advisors who know air travel well are so helpful. For example, an airline will sometimes fly
a three-class plane with only two classes, meaning
a traveler can score a business-class seat at an
economy price." - Michael Holtz, travel agency
executive, New York City
Cancel the noise:
Beats by Dre.
THE PRO: Female Emirates
cabin crew members are
known for their signature
sleek bun and bold red
lip. To keep up her beauty
routine, Carmen Tejeda, a
three-year Emirates veteran based in Dubai, flies
with these three items:
MOISTURIZING LIP BALM
OUR PICK: Aerin Rose
Lip Conditioner, $28.
FACE MIST "I love ones
packed with essential
oils. They keep me relaxed and stress-free."
OUR PICK: Jurlique
AN IONIC TOOTHBRUSH "Some
don't require toothpaste,
which means one less
thing to pack." OUR PICK:
Misoka toothbrush, $13.
PRO TIP: "In your seat, trace
each letter of the alphabet
in the air with your foot.
This gets the blood flowing and reduces ankle
swelling. These circulatory
exercises also keep your
cheeks rosy and help you
look more awake when
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