04/05/2012 07:09 am ET Updated Jun 05, 2012

The Best First Class And Business Class Airlines (PHOTOS)

No matter who makes it or who flies it, a plane can be boiled down to this: It's a metal tube with wings on the side, a fin on the back and pointy bit up front. It's cramped, it's crowded and it has the magical ability to amplify ten-fold the sound of a screaming baby. The kicker? A few enlightened execs know this and have pulled out all the stops to make traveling from Point A to Point B the smoothest ever to fly at cruising altitude. And Skytrax has recently recognized the best of the bunch for 2011: