I really wouldn't even consider AF
business, it's the second class on a 3-class plane, which means your service is less of a priority, and the food is good but not enough to negate CO
's overall better product, and rightfully so. AF
has a First Class product that beats both CO
's premium cabin, so it's all relative.
That said, here is how I would rank them:
, although Delta sometimes can pull out the ace with an excellent choice of entrees
Seats: Hard to say because of differences in aircraft types. Basically:
777 (best recline, widest, and really comfortable seat, IMO)
777 (BE really should be 21" wide standard, beats CO
's old BF
M11 (I realize they are gone now but they were beauties...)
767 (21" wide and 2-1-2 are the keys here, less crowded cabins)
763 (Seat itself is excellent, but you really notice the 18.5" width)
752 (Doubt you will get on a 757, but it comes in last since it's a 757)
's International crews are consistently great, DL
's are also very good but I have encountered some downright nasty attendants in the past.
IFE: Even, no AVOD and roughly same size screen and programming.
Airport Service: DL
has (or used to, I think they closed several) tons of BE
lounges at JFK
, which usually have something nice to snack on and are intimate spaces reserved exclusively for BE
pax. If you can't get there, you have the CRC which are also solid but can get crowded. CO
just has the Presidents Clubs at EWR
, but they are very large in both locations at Terminal C and usually one can find a place to sit. On the other end, DL
can get you into an AF
arrivals club in CDG
with plenty of showers and food after your flight. CO
contracts with somebody over there (may even be AF
, there is no PC
) for similar services. CO
also offers a concierge on most flights to assist you with connections and such. I haven't seen this on DL
My recommendation is Continental, but you really can't go wrong with either.