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Cheers! These 13 Airlines Aren't Afraid to Pour the Good Champagne

January 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (3)

Just because the confetti is cleaned up, Auld Lang Syne is retired in your iTunes playlist, and your outfit from New Year's Eve is at the dry-cleaners doesn't mean we still can't talk about one of the best parts of ringing in a new year: a champagne toast! Since 'popping bottles' is for such special occasions, we can't think of a better way to sip some bubbles than when on a plane heading for a new destination.

While some airlines have a knack for feeding passengers fine food like lobster and caviar, there are thankfully more still taking sparkling wines just as serious. If your 2014 travel plans include flights in First or Business Class on the following carriers, be sure to reach for that PDB (pre-departure beverage) and ask for a flute of these fine pours:


· Air France - The birthplace of the bubbly beverage serves up Taittinger in the first class cabins and Champagne Deutz Brut Classic, NV in Business.

· British Airways - The airline's First Class passengers sip Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle, Henriot Vintage Brut 2007, and Balfour Brut Rose. Club World passengers get Taittinger Brut Reserve.

· Cathay Pacific - Those upfront get to taste Krug Grand Cuvée and Biz pours Billecart-Salmon Brut.

· Delta - Jacquart Brut Mosaïque is served up in BusinessElite cabin.

· American Airlines - Varies by route, but here are a few recent examples: Champagne Demilly de Baere Carte d'Or Brut in First Class International, Gosset Brut in Biz International, Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Carneros Brut in domestic First Class, and Valdo Prosecco Brut in domestic Business Class.

· Emirates - Those first class suites pop Dom Pérignon while Business class scores Moët & Chandon.

· Eva Air - This Taiwanese airline serves up some Dom Pérignon to its Royal Laurel (Business Class) passengers.

· Hainan Airlines - The Chinese airline won awards with their G.H. Mumm Brut NV poured in both First Class and Business Class.

· LAN - Premium Business enjoys LAN edition Louis Roederer Brut Premier, and occasionally Henriot Brut Reims.

· Lufthansa - Krug is served in First, while Business is treated to the German Sekt (the German word for "sparkling wine") Alfred Gratien Cuvée Paradis Brut.

· Qantas - First Class serves up Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc De Blancs and Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill, while Business Class gets to sip Billecart-Salmon Brut or Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve.

· Singapore Airlines - First Class has the option of two primo labels: Dom Pérignon and Krug Grande Cuvée. Business Class enjoys Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve or Bollinger.

· United - First passengers can choose Castelnau Blanc de Blancs and BusinessFirst can sip Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve.

Bottoms up!

[Addendum: @jareklee shares that Thai Airways also pours Dom Pérignon in First Class.]

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Lufthansa serve Jaquart Brut Mosaique champagne in longhaul business. Aer Lingus serve Jean Pernet Tradition Brut champagne in business.

SWISS

SWISS: DUVAl-LEROY Brut NV: http://www.bestchampagne.co/interviews/carol-duval-leroy

JAL

Man, you missed probably the best one! Japan Airlines is serving 2002 Champagne Salon in first class!

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