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readytotaxi
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First Class Travel, The New Market Leaders.

Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:52 pm

Is it me or has the West lost the plot when it comes to the art of First Class travel.

The Asian-Far East airlines now certainly lead the market in this field, Be it Singapore,Etihad,Jet,JAL or Emirates the experience is head and shoulders above any US carrier and we Europeans, but worryingly we show no inclination to fight back. BA once had a great product but is now a tad better than Club World. There is a market for this product but it seems the West have all but given up on it, yet they still want to charge a similar price.
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RE: First Class Travel, The New Market Leaders.

Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:19 pm



Quoting Readytotaxi (Thread starter):
BA once had a great product but is now a tad better than Club World

So why are you flying it to SYD?
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RE: First Class Travel, The New Market Leaders.

Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:19 pm



Quoting Readytotaxi (Thread starter):
BA once had a great product but is now a tad better than Club World. There is a market for this product but it seems the West have all but given up on it, yet they still want to charge a similar price.

Don't forget BA new F under development, premiering in 2009 I believe. Fair to say it will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but I don't think it's fair to say they've "all but given up on it".
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RE: First Class Travel, The New Market Leaders.

Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:09 am



Quoting Readytotaxi (Thread starter):
The Asian-Far East airlines now certainly lead the market in this field,

You are 100% correct.

Quoting Readytotaxi (Thread starter):
Who would you rather travel with in First?

Last February I traveled from KWI to LAX. EK to DXB then CX to LAX through HKG (usually on BA or LH through LHR or FRA) and I enjoyed every minute of it for the following reasons:
- The new CX First Class is excellent, very comfortable and spacious.
- Flight attendants are highly skilled and extremely nice.
- Food is excellent.
- Price is about 40% less than BA and 35% less than LH. (competitive fares)

Even though it has more flying hours through Asia but it is worth it.
SQ also superb, done it from SIN to LHR.
EY also great.

I would fly First Class on CX, SQ, JAL EK, QR, EY rather than BA or LH.
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RE: First Class Travel, The New Market Leaders.

Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:23 am

I must say the new F on QF A380 looks absolutely amazing.would definitely want to try that one out (though to be honest, I wouldn't exactly decline SQ/CX/EK/EY/QR, and NH has a great F product as well).
 
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RE: First Class Travel, The New Market Leaders.

Wed Sep 17, 2008 3:42 pm



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 1):

The trip was left to me in an aunts will, she went there in First a few years back and had a ball.
Total surprise to me when she died earlier this year that she had left the price of the flight in her will and wanted me to enjoy as she had done.  Smile
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RE: First Class Travel, The New Market Leaders.

Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:04 pm



Quoting KU747 (Reply 3):
I would fly First Class on CX, SQ, JAL EK, QR, EY rather than BA or LH.

Agree. I never got a chance to fly on any of First Class on SQ or QR (my two top desires) but any other airlines are far... very far from Asian and Middle East operators. They put together technology (seat/entertainment), food and a fantastic staff/service.
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RE: First Class Travel, The New Market Leaders.

Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:01 pm



Quoting CastropRauxel (Reply 4):
I must say the new F on QF A380 looks absolutely amazing

You're kidding, right?

You actually want to compare that to EK, SQ or even CX?
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RE: First Class Travel, The New Market Leaders.

Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:58 pm



Quoting Henkybaby (Reply 7):
You're kidding, right?

Not at all. and it wasn't a comparison to anything else, I've just mentioned that this is a superb F seat they offer on the A380. no, it's not a suite. but I can live peacefully even without the doors closing in on me.

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