Here's my opinion: Best ever?
1st: TWA- Transworld One. (My last transatlantic flight with them was on an ex-Aeroflot 767)
Best airline food I have ever had! (and I've had a lot) Just when you thought you had enough, then came the dessert cart!
The entertainment was top notch. I really liked the video movies that played at your seat. (That particular flight had a very good selection of movies)
I found the seat to be very comfortable even though it wasn't 180 degrees flat. The seat cushion was soft and I was able to sleep.
's we very nice and liked to talk to customers. We had a long discussion about TWA's history and that devil "Icon". I really liked the new Ambassadors Club when it opened up in STL
back in the late 90's. What a view of the flight line!
TWA-gone but not forgotten.
On a separate note: I did fly a 747 to HNL
back in 1995 also in TW1 (not long after they introduced it). Biggest darn seat I've ever sat in. Very comfortable and ohh those desserts! Sat in row 1. What a ride! Best landing ever!
2nd: Continental- BusinessFirst.
I really don't care for the latest seat incarnation! Because of the angle of the lie flat position (which isn't flat), you slide to the floor and the end result is a transatlantic wedgie! Your best suited to use the "cradle position".The seat cushion was OK
but a little firm for me.
There was plenty of entertainment programming, but my last flight had no movies that I had particular interest in. (Not their fault)
The food is on the decline both in quality and quantity. The ice cream sundae cart is getting a little old.
I do love the 777! The cabin was clean throughout the flight. The FA
's see to that! They are also very attentive to the customer. Continental took great care of me during a personal time of bereavement by allowing me to return home early from LGW
and made sure my connections were changed upon my arrival back at IAH
. The even did it at no charge. I will never forget that.
The new Presidents Club at IAH
-E is a site to behold.
I flew on an award ticket to LGW
on a 777 in the first class 1-2-1 configuration. I loved the seat! In particular, the swivel seat feature which allows you to look directly out the window was fantastic! The Bose headphones were great! CO
should follow suit.
The food was a major disappointment. I ordered beef stew and it only had one lousy piece of meat in it. The quantity and quality was poor for first class standards. I really expected much more.
The return from LHR
was again on a 777 but this time in the 2-2-2 configuration. Nice seat but I liked the 1-2-1 configuration better. Since it was an early flight, the food service was even less impressive. (no hot meal)
If I had to pay full fare for that I would be pissed! The FA
's were professional but not particularly friendly.
I did try sitting in the business class seat as I disembarked just to see how it compared to others. It was more comfortable than the Business First seat with approximately the same legroom. I can only guess that the food service was as dissapointing as it was in First.
I would have liked to have tried American's First Class back when they were profitable. I'm sure then they would have met my high expectations.