The longer I’m at home and not flying, the more I try to incorporate aspects of aviation into my life at home. One aspect of that is boarding music, though the reality is that I’ve been listening to boarding music for fun for a very long time.
The best airline boarding music
I know I’m a weirdo, but I really have a thing for airline boarding music. I tend to think we associate a lot of memories with music, either based on what we were listening to when something happened, or just because different music sums up different moods.
As someone who is obsessed with flying and associates a lot of memories with it, I can’t help but notice the boarding music that airlines use. To me it’s a small touch that can help set the tone for a flight.
Almost without exception, I remember the boarding music (or lack thereof) that airlines use. For many people boarding is a stressful time, so I think a good soundtrack can help set the tone for a relaxing flight.
Given that most of us are stuck at home, I wanted to make an updated list with my favorite airline boarding music for a couple of reasons:
- For those just getting used to working at home, I feel like some kinds of music really help with productivity, and for the most part airline boarding music music is great in that regard; it’s intended to be relaxing without being distracting
- For many of us this is such a nice way to be reminded of our favorite airlines
With that out of the way, here’s a list of my favorite airline boarding music:
1. Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways only introduced this boarding music a couple of years ago (to coincide with the introduction of Qsuites), but I find it to be so incredibly relaxing and calming… ah! It even highlights a local Qatari composer, Dana Al Fardan.
2. Etihad Airways
Next on my list is Etihad, because they actually have two “generations” of amazing boarding music. Personally their boarding music from several years back is my preferred one of the two, and this is my go-to track to listen to while working.
Their more recent track is great as well, though.
3. Emirates Airline
I love Emirates’ old boarding music, though unfortunately they don’t play it anymore. Now they just play radio hits, which to me just can’t compare. There was something so familiar about stepping onto an Emirates A380 and hearing the below music.
4. All Nippon Airways
When I listen to the below track I close my eyes and imagine myself boarding ANA first class, with endless “thank you for waiting” and “so sorry” apologies.
5. Oman Air
Yep, the Gulf carriers seem to get boarding music right. I love flying with Oman Air in general, and in particular love their boarding music.
6. Turkish Airlines
Okay, this isn’t actually boarding music, but I can’t talk about any airline music without mentioning Turkish Airlines’ ridiculously addictive (and probably not in a good way) hold music.
PSA: LISTEN AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION, because the music may be stuck in your head for weeks.
In all honesty, Turkish’s actual boarding music isn’t half bad either.
I’ve been listening to airline boarding music at home for years. It’s fantastic music to work to, because it’s relaxing without being distracting.
I’d love to hear what other boarding music you guys enjoy, and ideally even include links to the songs, because I’d love to add more music to my rotation!