First, I would just like to say avoid NW
first class, especially on the DC-9s. On a 3.5 hour flight from MSP
, I remember it was on an A320, which actually had really nice seats (especially compared to the DC-9 on the IAD
leg), but there was no inflight entertainment, and the meal service a simple two-course snack service; basically, a sandwhich on a nice plate.
US Airways, before 9/11, had a really nice first class service. I remember flying from PIT
and back in first class, and even though it was on a 757 (still really nice seats, just old), the service was very nice. We were given a four-course meal, starting with an appetizer, then a salad (and bread), the main course, and finally dessert.
I've only flown Continental first class on the DCA
route, so I can't really comment too much on it. I can say though that their first class seats are really nice (new and old).
I've flown Delta first class on the 737-800 and the MD
-80. I flew the 738 first, and the seats were nice, and for such a short flight, the service was nice. Same deal with the MD
-80, just really small seats compared to the 738.
I recently flew US Airways from CLT
in first class, and that was on an A319, the return flight was on an A321. Both were really clean and new, large seats, and lots of legroom. The service though was lacking in terms of the meal (it was essentially a snack on a transcon flight), and as mentioned earlier, the beverages were served in plastic.
I have had the pleasure to fly US Airways Envoy Class (pre 9/11), and was delighted by the newness of the A333, the comfort of the seats, the IFE, and the overall service (the food was top notch, and we were given a hot breakfast on the red eye to LGW
). I do have to admit, the IFE was the best that I had encountered, albeit, all IFEs are now of that same quality.