Some International Airlines Cut First Class Seats and Add to Business Class/Premium Economy Now Widely Available, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

The air travel industry’s cash cow historically has been business class and first class tickets, especially those for international travel.  The profits per passenger were immense at one time.  This was particularly true on North Atlantic routes from New York to London.  However, in recent years, fewer first class passengers were actually paying for tickets, with growing numbers cashing in frequent flyer miles to fly in the front of the plane.  Many carriers have altered strategy to emphasize business class and premium economy seats instead of first class.  United planned to cut one-third of its first class seats on international…

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