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Airtran Business Class

Sat Sep 02, 2006 6:57 am

Does anyone have any experience with Airtran business class? I am flying ATL/LAX on Tuesday September 5 and I an curious what to expect.
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RE: Airtran Business Class

Sat Sep 02, 2006 7:19 am

I was flying LGA-CAK and decided for an extra $40 to upgrade.
The seat was wider, I got a whole can of Coke and... nothing else.
A couple behind me had a small child who still fussed loudly when they brought him over to sit on Mom's lap.

Let me just say that after flying TLV-LHR-JFK and getting to LGA, it was worth it to be able to streach out - even if it was for only an hour or so.

If you can afford it - or you can do an airport $40 upgrade (if that still exsists) I would upgrade. If the flight is not full, you could end up with the same space in the back.
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RE: Airtran Business Class

Sat Sep 02, 2006 7:23 am

If you drink alcohol, the drinks are free and they also give some very nice snacks out. They have these TGIFridays potato chips that are awesome. I had bloody mary's and they were good from DFW to LAS !!  Smile

It is worth the $40.00, believe me!
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RE: Airtran Business Class

Sat Sep 02, 2006 7:25 am

I've done the LAS-ATL-MCO routing in Business and found it quite comfortable, on par with HP/US's Domestic Business Class.
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RE: Airtran Business Class

Sat Sep 02, 2006 7:28 am

I have flown it umpteen times on the 737-700 and the 717-200. It's very pleasant. It's the same domestic first-class seat that you'd find on a DL MD88, and indeed maybe a little nicer. Correct that: to LA, it's the same domestic first-class seat that you'd find on a CO or DL 738, because that flight is on a 737. (The 737 a/c is a little wider, and the seat seems a little wider.) The XM Satellite Radio is free (just as it is in coach), and it's wonderful. If you have your own headphones for your computer or Ipod, bring those, because they are probably better, but the little ear thingies they give you are also fine. There is plenty of legroom. You have, like on all domestic F, an f/a that primarily watches your cabin, but also helps the others. You should feel free to ask for as much beverage as you want, and I think you technically get two free cocktails, and they may not enforce that limit. On my last trip to ATL, they had some cookies or some kind of similar snack. [Edit: After reading JayDavis's post above, he is correct, they have a broader selection of snacks, including those TGIFridays chips; I'm not a chip guy, I usually go for those little butter biscuits, and they definitely have those.] I also think you can ask for at least water and maybe some other beverage during boarding -- but I don't recall.

You get to preboard. You have a special line at the ticket counter if you haven't printed your boarding pass at home. At ATL, there is a shortcut through the first level of security for First Class passengers, which you can use.

All-in-all, you will enjoy your trip.

[Edited 2006-09-02 00:30:46]
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RE: Airtran Business Class

Sat Sep 02, 2006 7:37 am

It's a good value. You only pay a little bit more for the upgrade and the extra space is nice. Other than the space and free alcohol there isn't much of a difference. No meals or anything. But for the price worth it.
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RE: Airtran Business Class

Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:47 am

I fly BOS-ATL frequently, and I always arrive very early at the airport in the hopes of snagging one of their $35 upgrades. The seats are comfortable, if not plush, but for the cost it's impossible to match.

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