Fri, May 29, 2009
Some Airlines Forgoing Them Altogether
With premium airline seats going
unsold in the recession, the world's airlines appear split on the
value of first-class upgrades as marketing tools. The New York
Times reports British Airways will take delivery of four new
long-haul Boeing 777s without First Class seats, and will review
each new plane order case-by-case.
Qantas says it's dropping first-class at least temporarily on
three of its flights, and the sheepskin mattresses, hand-made
chocolate truffles and designer sleepwear that came with them.
Airlines in the US have already cut first class seats
dramatically after finding it hard to fill them with anyone but
But if you just can't handle coach, perhaps Open Skies will
bring you what you need. Lufthansa will offer an opulent
first-class section on its new Airbus A380s. Emirates will have
eight private suits on each of its A380s. Both will offer free
caviar and showers.
Air France has just opened a new first-class lounge at
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Lufthansa has an entire terminal
reserved for first-class passengers at Frankfurt.
Fortunately, for many readers, viewers, and listeners of
Aero-News, there remains one option for comfort and privacy on
domestic routes. It's called general aviation.
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