International first class is out of reach for all but the extremely wealthy and top businessmen. Not many airlines can make it work. Business class keeps getting better, which is taking away some first class passengers that no longer want to spend $10,000 (which is a pretty standard first class fare on many flights). AA
benefit from flying to two of the highest yielding markets in LHR
. Not every airline can offer first class because there just plain aren't enough people out there with that type of money. But AA
and others can make a profit out of it since they have hubs in strong business markets with the clientele that can pay for it. If everyone offered first class on international flights, then no one would profit. But with some airlines and select routes having it allows it to work. UA
probably loses some money by having a first class cabin on certain routes since they are one if not the only airline in the world that has first class on ALL
international flights (excluding those within North America/Caribbean), but overall it probably earns loyalty from the upper echelon of American society because of it.
One thing about upgrading that is overlooked is the fact that it brings a lot of loyalty. There may be a lot of people that buy business and upgrade on UA
, but this still is good for the airline. These people buy upgradeable fares in business class which are still pretty high. Also their loyalty is important because the types of people upgrading into first class are still your prominent businessmen and wealthy that are very good to have loyal to your airline. There are definitely some out there that can pay whatever whenever so that they can get the best routing and service, but these upgraders are important too. DL
and US probably lose some of their clientele because of this.
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