First Class Interiors. Wednesday , May 16th , 2018 - 17:31:57 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.
In the race among most airlines to pack in more paying customers into a fixed and very limited aircraft cabin the idea of what constitutes "foot space" or any "space" at all for that matter is a fungible and never easily understood concept on the part of an airline passenger. Believe me when I say that - as a former airline manager - that the airlines would LOVE to give everybody in every section of the plane their own personal "space" but that`s not going to happen in this lifetime from what I can tell.
Luxury flights are generally deluxe flights that have expensive and high-class accommodation and several other frills. An abundance of space and extra comforts complete with a lavish environment are essential to luxury flights. People will fnd luxury flights have spacious interiors a relaxing environment an attentive and competent crew serving world class cuisine. Specific facilities may differ from airline to airline. Some may offer individual LCD screens with hi-fi headsets for uninterrupted viewing pleasure. Some go one step ahead and take movie requests a day earlier. The crew is trained to anticipate passenger needs and wishes. World class cuisine specially prepared taking into consideration specific dietary needs and preferences of the passengers is served on the planes as well. Care is taken to gather all these details at least 48 hours before departure. A handful of business tickets can generate as much revenue as dozens of economy seats. But as economy class becomes more cost-effective business and first class get much classier and more enticing than ever before.