monocle’s 20/20 top fifty

I’m a little bit late in picking up the new issue of Monocle, the frumpy/august British mash-up magazine of arts, ideas, manifestos and debate.

The December/January Forecast issue looks out and across 2010 and beyond.  But even more interesting for the purposes of this blog is the Travel Top Fifty insert.  With typical editorial flair – and candor – the Monocle travel desk chooses the Best pre-flight meal: JAL’s fiery beef curry; the most promising hub: Munich; the best inflight freebie:  Icelandair’s Nordic-inspired playing cards; and the Best life improvement: ANA’s upcoming TOTO washlet bidet bathrooms aboard the airlines’ new Dreamliners.  The editors even boldly go so far as to pick a Best flight attendant:  Frau Wakamoto, who services the first class cabin on Lufthansa’s Munich-Tokyo route.

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