Ah, the good old days of first class.
I’m talking about just several weeks ago. You know — cocktails, premium snacks, and meals on long domestic flights. Heck, you might’ve scored an amenity kit!
Because of airlines’ efforts to limit person-to-person contact, we can now expect something along these lines:
Will you purchase first class going forward — even if it means some of the more “traditional items” don’t return?
I’m not talking about buying coach and hoping for a complimentary, elite status upgrade. This is about using cash (or points) to pay for a first class fare. Or, heck, we’ll even consider upgrades with points in this scenario.
Meals and Glassware and Doting Service, Oh My!
I’ll preface this by saying I haven’t flown in about eight weeks. Those of you still in the skies, please feel free to add your data points in the below Comments section.
For me, first class features two main tangible benefits: comfortable seats (at least, better than coach) and (often) great service.
Frankly, I prefer beverages in glassware because plastic can affect their taste. But I won’t turn down soda, bourbon, or wine just because it’s served a plastic cup.
But will glassware will ever return to first class — or domestic business class? When flight attendants serve refills — at least, in my experience — they reused the same glass. I wonder if that practice may worry some passengers. Will new, fresh plastic cups for each drink become the norm?
And that’s if anything other than water is served on flights. (I think it will but who knows these days.) But because person-to-person is being reduced, it might be easier (and safer?) to just hand out bottled water.
Meals consist now of Flight Fuel boxes and snacks on Delta flights. (People who’ve flown any long haul international flights: what were you served?) I’m guessing we’ll return to meals like the ones pictured at the top of the post.
But I don’t know how long it’ll be until then.
If I’m taking a redeye or long domestic flight and the cost isn’t prohibitive, I’d purchase first class — just as I did in the pre-COVID word. The comfort and space are worth it. Drinks, snacks, and meals are great. But I can live without them.
At least, for a while. 😉
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