The 20 best economy airlines in the world, according to the youngest man to visit every single country

james asquith

  • James Asquith became the youngest person to visit every country
    at the age of 24.
  • Now 30, he is the founder and CEO of HolidaySwap, which lets
    users swap homes around the world for $1 a night.
  • He told Business Insider he has taken nearly 1,000 flights on
    more than 150 carriers in his life.
  • So, we asked him to rank his 20 favourite airlines for an
    economy flight.

At the age of 24, James Asquith became
the youngest person to visit every country in the world. 

Now the founder and CEO of the
HolidaySwap app
, which lets users around the world swap homes
for $1 a night, 30-year-old Asquith estimates he has taken nearly
1,000 flights on more than 150 airlines — and he shares his
experiences with his 365,000
Instagram followers.

“Lots of the airlines and routes I have taken when travelling to
every country in the world were not necessarily by choice, but it
certainly gave me a broad overview of aviation globally,” he told
Business Insider.

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While he has his favourite airlines, he says he regularly
returns to others due to scheduling and pricing when travelling for
work, “giving them the chance to improve, or not let the ‘better’
airlines rest too easy in a rapidly changing industry.”

While the amenities on board a plane are certainly important,
Asquith believes nailing customer service is the way to win.

“Nowadays it seems unacceptable if we don’t have USB ports and
full WiFi connectivity across the globe,” he said. “I like that as
much as the next person, however, my greatest weighting will always
come down to the cabin crew and customer service, which is a much
more difficult part of a customer’s satisfaction to win over than
an updated refurb of aircraft seats.”

Read more:
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night

As a frequent traveller, cost, of course, is also a factor.
“With the improvement in long haul, low-cost airlines, the best
products in the sky need to remain price competitive,” he said.

We asked Asquith to rank his favourite economy class airlines
based on their total rating after being assigned a score out of 10
across seven categories:

  1. Check-in & boarding
  2. Cabin crew
  3. Seat quality, amenities, and cleanliness
  4. In-flight entertainment
  5. Food & drink
  6. Cost
  7. Staff assistance before, after, and during travel

Scroll down to see Asquith’s 20 best economy airlines in the
world, ranked in ascending order by their overall score out of
70.

=19. Malaysia Airlines — 46/70

Check-in & boarding — 7
Cabin crew — 7
Seat quality, amenities, and cleanliness — 7
In-flight entertainment — 7
Food & drink — 6
Cost — 6
Staff assistance before, after, and during travel
— 76

Total: 46/70

“Malaysia Airlines offers a good economy class product across
all aspects, particularly on their roomy A380s, but unfortunately
this aircraft will likely be a thing of the past for Malaysian in
the next few years,” Asquith said.

He highlighted “decent seat back TVs and a very friendly cabin
crew” for a “fantastic experience,” with room for improvement when
it comes to in-flight catering.

=19. ANA — 46/70

Check-in & boarding — 7
Cabin crew — 7
Seat quality, amenities, and cleanliness — 7
In-flight entertainment — 7
Food & drink — 7
Cost — 4
Staff assistance before, after, and during travel
— 7

Total: 46/70

Though it’s a bit more cramped than its competitor Japan
Airlines, “with all the decent extras your would hope for from an
economy seat, from a power outlet and good in-flight entertainment
to a foot rest, ANA certainly offers a decent product,” Asquith
said. “Onboard WiFi is available and cabin crew are impeccable,
with a nice selection of Western or Japanese food to choose
from.”

However, he said ANA loses out on cost. “It’s not the cheapest,
it never has been, and I doubt it ever will be, but at least you
get a pleasant flying experience for the price.”

=17. Air New Zealand — 47/70

Check-in & boarding — 7
Cabin crew — 8
Seat quality, amenities, and cleanliness — 7
In-flight entertainment — 7
Food & drink — 7
Cost — 5
Staff assistance before, after, and during travel
— 6

Total: 47/70

On board Air New Zealand, Asquith says you can expect “a great
product with what can almost be described as a cheeky Kiwi crew
that is largely let down by issues on the ground and a relatively
expensive product.”

However, economy passengers do have the option to buy the entire
row for half the price with the “SkyCouch” feature so they can curl
up throughout the flight — though Asquith stresses it’s not
exactly easy to book.


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The 20 best economy airlines in the world, according to the youngest man to visit every single country