10rea­sons to book the win­dow seat

The words ‘Happy Land­ings’ take on a whole new mean­ing when the views are like these

Business Traveler (USA) - - TAKE OFFS & LANDINGS - By El­iz­a­beth Atkin­son

Lets face it. Even in this day of jumbo jets and air travel as rou­tine, there’s still some­thing vaguely ex­hil­a­rat­ing about the land­ing – and some are more mem­o­rable than oth­ers. Those tur­bu­lent touch­downs with high wind gusts and low clouds can give even the most sea­soned fliers a bit of a thrill. But then we quickly put those out of our minds and take off for the next jour­ney.

Then, there are the spec­tac­u­lar scenic ap­proaches – when you land here, you know you’ve ar­rived at some­thing spe­cial.

Ear­lier this year Pri­vateFly, a global book­ing ser­vice for more than 7,000 pri­vate jets around the world, asked a well-trav­eled list of 23 pan­elists to nar­row down their 2016 list of air­port ap­proaches to cre­ate a short list of 150. From there, the poll was opened up to trav­el­ers from all over, and more than 7,500 in­di­vid­ual votes were cast.

The panel in­cluded Lee Ab­ba­monte, the youngest Amer­i­can to visit ev­ery coun­try in the world. His fa­vorite scenic land­ings in­clude Ice Run­way, Antarc­tica, Paro, Bhutan and Ai­tu­taki, Cook Is­lands.

When asked why he chose the Ice Run­way, Lee said:“Sim­ply the coolest ap­proach and run­way in the world. Land­ing on the blue ice in the mid­dle of a white desert is some­thing you’ll never for­get and want to do again!”

An­other pan­elist, Tif­fany Dowd, chose Nice Cote D’Azure, Cape Town and Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port for her top three fa­vorite land­ings. Tif­fany is founder and pres­i­dent of Luxe So­cial Me­dia. One of her top choices, Nice Cote D’Azure, (a 2014 win­ner of the poll) is de­scribed by fel­low pan­elist John DiS­cala this way:“Fly­ing along the spec­tac­u­lar coast­line of the Cote d’Azur is as ev­ery bit as glam­orous as stay­ing on the French Riviera it­self.“

And Busi­ness Trav­eler’s own Ross Atkin­son par­tic­i­pated in the panel. His top three scenic land­ings are Toc­u­men In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Panama City; El Dorado In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Bo­gota, Colom­bia; and Rea­gan Na­tional Air­port,

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