LH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 16120 times:
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It's the same difference between M and Y class .... both are economy and thogh both are diferent fare types, when in written text both refer to "the eco kettle in the back of the plane", it became vulgo and is just a designation of Economy class, same with C and J, both are per-se booking classes within the business class fares ... but mostly C and J are abbrevations for "business class" in general (the product, the seats, the service), without refering to any special fare.
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Transpac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3239 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 15192 times:
Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4): At the time J was a premium business class, with C being the regular business class.
AA still uses this, to an extent.
On the 3-class 777's, the cabins are F/C/Y. On the 2-class 763's, the cabins are J/Y. It's a smart distinction, as on the AA 767-300's the Business Class is a bit of a hybrid between Business and First, in terms of meal service, as compared to the 777's separate First Class and Business Class.
RonProphet From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 14466 times:
The reality is now that the different letters used to denote business class are just the same as those for First and Economy. Currently, spread amongst the various international carriers, business class has J, C, D, Z, I and U (although the latter seems primarily to be used for frequent flyer use). First seems to have F, P, A, and Economy pretty much the whole alphabet other than those lettters use for First and Business!
What is the distinction? Again, it depends on the carrier, but fundamentally it relates to yield. For example, BA & QF use J for the top yielding business class fares, then progressively move to lower yielding fares with different letters - D for lower yields such as RTW fares, & I for specials (we see it more frequently in these straitened times).
However, not all carriers work the same way. TG for example have C, D, J and Z - and C is the premium level, and J at the lower end of the yield spectrum. Another factor is the airlines' desire to streamline the booking process when intra-alliance fares are used - eg the Star-Alliance RTW fare, or the One-World Explorer, or Global Explorer. By and large, the carriers in each alliance try to use the same booking class for these fares (primarily D).
At the end of the day, it has nothing to do with anything other than the type of fare being used, and the yield it provides to the airline, Obviously, one could add that if you are waitlisted in a higher yield class, then your chances of getting clearance from waitlist are much higher (but then other factors come into play then as well!)