First Class Interiors. Thursday , May 17th , 2018 - 03:50:03 AM
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.
If you utilize the same category of aircraft for your flights at least 80 percent of the time private ownership can also make economic sense. However if your mission changes regularly traveling long range on some flights short to mid-range on others sometimes with just one or two colleagues other flights with a whole team then looking to purchase a private airplane would not make much sense no matter how sweet the deal because one category of aircraft would not serve the majority of travel needs. Charter could be better for this scenario because you can always select the right aircraft for each flight. Some fractional ownership programs and jet cards allow customers to select among three or four aircraft categories (light mid-size super-midsize and large cabin/long range jets) and use more than one aircraft simultaneously providing another option for fliers who need access to several categories of aircraft.
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.