ClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4725 posts, RR: 22 Posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11249 times:
I've been looking for the cheapest way to get from London to Bangkok in Business Class and it appears that Aeroflot has the most inexpensive airfare, which is £ 802, or € 1,100 (compared with BA, which is € 2,107).
I had a look at their web site and you get portable DVD players and what not on the A320 service from London to Moscow, and the new seats and the rest look great.
However, I can't seem to find anything on the IL96, which serves the Moscow to Bangkok sector. It looks like they don't have the beds like the 767s do, and my question is - what is the business cabin like in the IL96 and what can I expect?
I could take Air France for only € 1,300 but I'd rather do something slightly more exotic and finally fly on a Russian airliner at the same time. I've been to Russia and the customer service ethic is different to where I'm from, so what are the F/As like as well?
Any help would be appreciated!
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
First class is indeed 2-2-2, biz is 2-4-2, and economy is 3-3-3.
However, out of 11 flights that I made with SU's IL96, I can tell you that SU used the first cabin for biz passengers on three flights, thereby freeing up the biz cabin for economy seats. That's probably the reason why the photographer in Budapest claims that the 2-2-2 is business, since there's obviously no need for a first class between SVO-BUD.
I did make one flight with SU between KHV-SVO when I booked myself on business class because it was supposed to be in the first cabin, but SU made a last minute change and put all biz passengers in the real biz cabin, thereby angering a lot of the passengers.
If you do end up in the business cabin, it's a total waste of money. The seats are only marginally wider than the economy seats, and the seat pitch only slightly better. My wife actually prefers to fly in the economy section, as you can raise the armrests and lie down flat if there are few passengers. But in the biz cabin, you can't do that.
The seats in the first cabin are quite good, but still far below the major European airlines. I did fly in that cabin once, and the seat pitch is so horrible that if the person in front of you reclines his seat, you can't even keep a laptop on your tray table!