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ArtsyAmy
08-29-2012, 06:54 PM
My MC is flying first class out of O'Hare (airport in Chicago), modern-day. I'm looking for what she would likely experience between the time she takes her seat and the time the plane gets into the sky. Also, she's waiting until they're in the air before she removes something important from her briefcase to read. Would she likely store her briefcase in an overhead bin, under her seat, some other place? I've never flown first class, but have heard that the flight attendants hand out hot towels, bring drinks, etc. Also, I suppose they'd go through the (required?) pre-flight safety routine (in the case of emergency, do this...). I've tried searching old threads for this stuff, but not finding what I need. Thank you for any help on this.

benbenberi
08-29-2012, 07:28 PM
Definitely drinks. Hot towels may depend on the airline & the size of the plane. Where she stows her briefcase may also vary - in a smaller plane, first class is only a little more roomy than regular, in a larger plane there's a lot more room for stowing a briefcase where it's convenient to access but won't get in the way of your feet. I've never been on a plane where there's a separate pre-flight safety routine for first-class, but they usually have their own flight attendant(s) to do the demo moves (if it's not a filmed routine - again, that varies by airline and equipment).

mccardey
08-29-2012, 07:34 PM
Definitely drinks. Hot towels may depend on the airline & the size of the plane. Where she stows her briefcase may also vary - in a smaller plane, first class is only a little more roomy than regular, in a larger plane there's a lot more room for stowing a briefcase where it's convenient to access but won't get in the way of your feet. I've never been on a plane where there's a separate pre-flight safety routine for first-class, but they usually have their own flight attendant(s) to do the demo moves (if it's not a filmed routine - again, that varies by airline and equipment).

Can I fly with you next time?


ETA: Oh - sorry, benben. I've decided to fly with DuncanJ instead.

Duncan J Macdonald
08-29-2012, 08:57 PM
My MC is flying first class out of O'Hare (airport in Chicago), modern-day. I'm looking for what she would likely experience between the time she takes her seat and the time the plane gets into the sky. Also, she's waiting until they're in the air before she removes something important from her briefcase to read. Would she likely store her briefcase in an overhead bin, under her seat, some other place? I've never flown first class, but have heard that the flight attendants hand out hot towels, bring drinks, etc. Also, I suppose they'd go through the (required?) pre-flight safety routine (in the case of emergency, do this...). I've tried searching old threads for this stuff, but not finding what I need. Thank you for any help on this.

I've flown first-class a few times in the next-to-recent past. My company allows us to keep our frequent flyer miles, and I used those to bump-up while keeping the same cost. My biggest score on that was a direct flight from Atlanta to Honolulu on Delta -- they were having a sale where a first class ticket cost the same as coach.

Anyway, you get (depending on the airport and carrier) to wait in the airline's Club spaces instead of the regular waiting area at the gate, and they come to escort you to the gate when it's time to board.

You board the aircraft first, and again, depending on the airport and the carrier, you might even get to use a special jetway and entrance hatch. Next, you'll find (be directed) to your seat, and the attendant will check you off on their list and refer to you by your name (Mr. X, Ms. Z) for the rest of the flight. If you have an overcoat, they will take it and hang it up in a closet for you, then return it to you just prior to landing. Once you get to your seat they will ask you for your choice of beverage -- sometimes they will circulate with a tray of mimosa. This drink comes in a glass, premade. (The attendant will mix the mixed drink for you, so you don't have to worry about the can or bottle).

All this is happening while the rest of the aircraft is being boarded. The first class cabin is usually designed so that it is not used as a thoroughfare for other passengers to find their seats -- exceptions are the smaller commuter aircraft, MD-90's and such.

Once the plane is boarded, the attendants will collect the drinks and snacks (I usually found small dishes of mixed nuts -- served hot) and hand out the nicely scented hot towels.

During runout and taxiing to the takeoff runway, the attendants will do the standard safety brief (or play the video).

After takeoff, once the fasten seat-belt sign is turned off, food and beverage service continues.

Stowage space will depend on the aircraft type and the seat location. Bulkhead seats have no under seat stowage -- everything needs to go in the overhead. Most travelers (myself included) take out in-flight reading material before take-off, and just stow it in the seat-back pocket in front of them. If she has the choice of under-seat stowage for her briefcase, she'd take that. It's easier to retrieve, and the case can act as an additional footrest if needed.

As a resource (if you need more information on seat sizing, pitch, legroom, etc) to see what carriers fly from which airports with what kind of seating configuration, I've found this site (http://www.seatguru.com) to be accurate.

Hope this helps.

jaksen
08-30-2012, 03:46 AM
Wider seats. More leg room. Hot towels, yes. Choice of cocktails, freshly made from a little bar on wheels. Attendants are a bit more attentive but not intrusive. Pillows. Blankets on long flights. A choice of meals (all pre-made) but the choices were nice. I had veal parm on one flight to Tuscon.

I haven't flown in a few years, but I had a relative who worked for a major airline and she'd bump me (and my husband) up, sometimes. Not always. Sometimes the first class section was full. She always told me to 'dress nice' though, because ya know, you're in first class, so don't dress in sweats.

I never dress in sweats anyhow.

ArtsyAmy
08-30-2012, 09:57 PM
Thank you all. I'm in good shape now for this part of the story.

Orianna2000
08-31-2012, 11:45 PM
We had the chance to pay $50 extra for first class seats when traveling a few years ago. I didn't really care for the experience. Yes, the seats are wider and you get a few perks, like hot towels and drinks. But the seats were also taller, so my feet didn't reach the ground! I spent the entire flight with numb legs.

PorterStarrByrd
08-31-2012, 11:51 PM
Own potty too ...