Sure, food and entertainment are important. But, ultimately, don't you just want a safe landing?
Air New Zealand offers everything you could want in a premium economy cabin, but choose your row carefully.
There's no better way to be lulled to sleep or woken in the morning than by an orchestra of the forest.
The views here will liberate you from whatever cares awaits you back in the Big Smoke.
The food lets the experience down somewhat, but don't let that put you off.
It's not going to challenge any of the leading Middle East or Asia carriers for luxury and features, but it's perfectly comfortable on this marathon route.
What can you get in this secluded misty wonderland? Peace, quiet, World Heritage rainforests, mountain ranges and unspoiled beaches for a start.
Bold architecture and top-notch dining make this a great place from which to strike out into the Mornington Peninsula.
Of the world's top 100 airlines, SriLankan came 95th - but that doesn't show in the passenger experience.
I stayed three nights and lost 2kg as a result of probably all the exercise, yoga, treatments at the spa and good, healthy food. It felt pretty effortless and extremely relaxing too.
An excellent airline that has risen in just two decades to be at the forefront of aviation.
The review: The Iveagh Garden Hotel, Dublin