CruisiNews With Eva
by Eva Desjeunes, Maverick Travel Guru
For years, U.S. based airlines focused almost all of their cabin upgrades on their international fleets. Domestic First Class remained feeling like it was stuck in the 1970’s, when First Class meant a wide seat that reclined more than the ones in the back. So thanks to the record profitability at many airlines over the past few years, some of that money is being invested into upgrades that will draw elite travelers.
Which airlines are working for your business? Let’s look at who is leading the way. JetBlue was the first to bring along the renaissance of domestic luxury with the launch of their Mint Class in 2014. Mint completely raised the bar with the installation of sixteen lie-flat seats upfront. Four of those seats are spacious suites with doors that close for privacy. They take up the cabin width that three seats would be given in economy class. Mint passengers get free Wi-Fi during the flight and on-demand entertainment streamed to their own 15” screen. They also receive expedited security screening, early boarding, and hot meals curated by popular New York restaurants.
Delta Air Lines just announced that they will be retro-fitting some of their Boeing 757 fleet with a new lie-flat business-class seat between LAX and Washington Regan.
American also flies the LAX to Washington Regan route, so Delta’s move may have forced American’s hand to add an equivalent service on the popular cross-country route. American’s sub fleet of Airbus A321T planes are fit with a First Class that matches what one would find on their newer AA planes flying overseas to Europe or Asia in Business Class.
United’s First Class on aircraft for most domestic routes is nothing too special. It’s a wider, more roomy seat that reclines really well, but doesn’t come close to the lie-flat offerings by JetBlue, Delta and American.
No other airline offers such incredible seats to as many domestic or near international airlines as JetBlue, and for that reason, they are the clear winner when it comes to offering the best service in this category, not only for its availability, but also for the quality of service from beginning to the end of the passenger experience.
As Always Cruise and Travel with Cruisitude,
Eva Desjeunes-Sunder, MCC, appears courtesy of Cruiseplanners and can be reached at 928-532-7740 or 888-201-6626. You can also explore her website at www.planetcruising.com for more travel adventures.