Articles tagged “first class”

This Is a Golden Age for First Class Airline Travel

This Is a Golden Age for First Class Airline Travel

Eric Rosen, Bloomberg

Note that no U.S. carriers are mentioned in this article praising today's first-class cabins. Just saying.

11 months ago

Delta Air Lines Sees Premium Profit

Delta Air Lines Sees Premium Profit

Brian Sumers, Skift

Travelers hoping for more free first-class upgrades should probably root for a recession. The economy is too strong for airlines to give away their best seats for free.

11 months ago

EPA Chief Promises to Fly Coach After First-Class Excuses Fall Flat

EPA Chief Promises to Fly Coach After First-Class Excuses Fall Flat

Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Terrence Dopp, Bloomberg

Not only has Pruitt missed the memo that first class ain't what it used to be, but a second memo that many Trump-aligned politicians will be hated in all segments of the cabin. Just fly coach, public servant.

2 years ago

International First Class Fades Even as Emirates and Singapore Debut New Suites

International First Class Fades Even as Emirates and Singapore Debut New Suites

Adam Minter, Bloomberg

Another article about the death of first class? We get it, already. As business class becomes more lavish, fewer passengers are willing to pay a major premium for a first class suite.

2 years ago

Emirates Upgrades First-Class Suites While Competitors Downplay Such Luxury

Emirates Upgrades First-Class Suites While Competitors Downplay Such Luxury

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

While others are downplaying luxury at the front of the plane and are cramming in more seats, Emirates is investing in first class and claims the demand hasn't waned.

2 years ago

Business Class Must-Haves That Airlines Neglect at Their Peril

Business Class Must-Haves That Airlines Neglect at Their Peril

Colin Nagy, Skift

As airlines double down on investment in business class, there are some experiential table stakes for customers paying the money to sit up front.

2 years ago

Singapore Airlines Unveils a Massive First-Class Suite to Compete with Gulf Rivals

Singapore Airlines Unveils a Massive First-Class Suite to Compete with Gulf Rivals

Brian Sumers, Skift

We expect Singapore's new first-class suites will be considered among the world's best products. But the airline still faces intense competition from Gulf and Asian airlines. It's not clear how much this cabin update will help on that front.

2 years ago

First Class Is Shrinking but Here’s Why It Remains Important

First Class Is Shrinking but Here’s Why It Remains Important

Colin Nagy, Skift

First class is becoming more rarified as carriers emphasize dense business class configurations. But the most exclusive product does still play a role for well-heeled customers and the marketing departments of top carriers.

2 years ago

Etihad Markets $20,000-a-Trip Residence Suite to Super-Rich at F1 Race

Etihad Markets $20,000-a-Trip Residence Suite to Super-Rich at F1 Race

Deena Kamel Yousef, Bloomberg

Knowing your audience is the first step to effective marketing and it doesn’t do Etihad any good to market the suite to the masses when it’s the 0.001 percent that will actually clunk down $20,00 for the suite.

5 years ago

Three-Class Planes Are an Unnecessary Luxury in Air Travel Today

Three-Class Planes Are an Unnecessary Luxury in Air Travel Today

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Three-class cabins only make sense on airline's most lucrative and trafficked routes where a broad variety of customers actually fill up all sections. On all other routes, two cabins allow airlines to differentiate services with added operation costs.

5 years ago

United Adds Fresher Meals for First-Class Flyers on Short Flights

United Adds Fresher Meals for First-Class Flyers on Short Flights

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

United's decision is more customer-friendly than American's move to replace first class meals with snacks on short flights; however, it still pays no attention to improving food options for flyers in coach.

5 years ago

Airlines Cloistering the Wealthy From the Masses in Coach

Airlines Cloistering the Wealthy From the Masses in Coach

Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press

The 1% are finally getting private jet-like service from mainstream commercial airlines, which are catering to their biggest spenders.

6 years ago