Jolyon Attwooli, The Daily Telegraph, August 29, 2013
Ever fantasised about the dream long-haul plane journey? Here’s how it would unfold, according to a poll conducted by ANA, Japan’s largest airline.
Passengers would ideally live nine miles from their departure airport, the survey questioning 2000 British adults on flight conditions found. They would, naturally, receive an upgrade on arrival.
After that, they would board their perfect long-haul flight (destination not specified) 32 minutes after check-in. Seats would be in rows of two and only 66 people would be able to board the aircraft.
A window seat in the middle of the aircraft was voted the perfect place to sit according to the study – slightly contradicting the premise that passengers had received an upgrade.
Back to the ANA flight of fantasy, in which travellers would be able to take seven kilograms of hand luggage, and keep it with them instead of stowing it away.
Once on board, they would discover David Walliams was working as the chief of the six-member cabin crew. Those in America, apparently, would rather Marilyn Monroe or George Clooney in the cabin crew dream team. Then, as the perfect flight took off – at 10.45am – Prince William would, of course, be at the helm, piloting the aircraft safely through our busy skies.
Champagne would be the complimentary drink of choice, served 27 minutes after departure.
Then, when the first pangs of hunger hit, Jamie Oliver would whirl into action, whipping up a chicken dinner to be dished out 48 minutes after departure.
For in-flight entertainment, the James Bond film Skyfall is most likely to feature at the top of the list.
And napping would also feature: according to people boarding the perfect flight, they would be able to do so for an average of 31 minutes.
In contrast to some recent studies, children would also be allowed on the aircraft – but only if they were quiet.
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