First Class Interiors. Friday , May 18th , 2018 - 12:52:54 PM
At 0730 AM some 10 hours after departure we finally heard from the flight-deck when the First Officer informed us that we had commenced our decent the current temperature was 2 degrees C at Toronto and we would be landing in 35 minutes (at 605 AM local time) and parking at gate 155 at Toronto`s new Terminal 1. I grabbed my in-flight kit and dashed to the lav to quickly freshen up and the Flight Attendants were now collecting all service items preparing the cabin for landing. We touched down at 0610 AM and arrived at gate 155 at 0622 AM some 22 minutes after the flight`s 0600 AM scheduled arrival time. As we were the first passengers off the aircraft we were quickly processed through customs and immigration but to our dismay our baggage was not priority processed and we waited about 20 minutes for it to arrive on the belt.
Trust me when I say that the airlines really do sympathize with all those folks back there in coach manning the galley oars and pulling like hopped-up little monkeys. After all I was a "non rev" (airline employee flying on a free or very cheap "space available" basis) and I learned how to pack a bag to make sure it doesn`t`t have to be checked at the last minute while boarding the plane for example. I know how rough and spartan it can be back there.
Traveling first class or business class is a luxury few can afford. Most airlines now offer a fully exclusive first class lounge and when you fly you are treated to more space high quality food and attentive service. The benefit you get is that you can check in later at a dedicated desk (avoiding the queues). You can then relax in the comfort of the airline`s lounge where you will find complimentary drinks snacks newspapers and other facilities. There`s no rushing or queuing to board your flight. Your flight seat will usually be a cradle that stretches out to a virtually horizontal position which has legroom up to 60". The in-flight staff is dedicated to your cabin and when you arrive your luggage will be amongst the first off the carousel.