First Class Interiors. Wednesday , May 16th , 2018 - 16:53:49 PM
The Business Class cabin was two thirds empty on the two hour Buenos Aires - Santiago sector and we landed an hour of so before sun down in clear and warm conditions with the Captain informing us it was still 29 degrees C. All passengers were deplaned at Santiago during the one hour station stop so that the aircraft could be groomed for the long-haul flight back to Toronto. Interestingly enough Air Canada has traffic rights between Buenos Aires and Santiago so some passengers left us but a larger number along with the new crew were waiting to join the flight at gate 15 in the new Santiago Airport terminal. Large glass windows are a prominent feature of the new airport which is great for aircraft spotters but they somehow forgot to incorporate an adequate air-conditioning system. It was stifling hot as we waited to board the flight although the Servisair-GlobeGround contract agents boarded the plane efficiently there was no advance boarding for Business-Class passengers as normal in Canada.
Several areas are in need of improvement: The lack of pre-boarding Business Class passengers in Santiago the lack of communication from the flight deck the inadequate magazine selection for Business Class passengers the lack of a pre-departure drink service and the lack of priority baggage handling in Toronto for the Business Class passenger`s baggage are small points on their own but detract as a whole from what would have otherwise been a flawless flight. As such the flight is rated an 8.5 out of 10.
The supply of private aircraft on the market currently is high in historical perspectives and the relatively soft current demand has pushed prices of preowned private aircraft to all time lows. At the same time as private aircraft manufacturers want to keep their operation at full capacity they are offering great sales incentives to buyers right now. Those recent trends have caused a modest uptick in private jet sales as buyers are taking advantage of the market oversupply. Aviation consultants and industry professionals have reported seeing a recent rise in the number of first time private plane buyers brought into the market by today`s relatively bargain prices for private jets.