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A Look Back at the History of First-Class Air Travel and How to Get The Best First Class Deals

Last updated 5 years ago

How will you be taking your next flight? Traveling first class may be the best way to reach your destination, especially if your flight is long or through the night. Flying first class has been a travel option since technology took to the skies. Keep reading to learn more about how first class flying developed through the years.

Historical First Class Travel In early, slow-moving flying vehicles, first class passengers were able to stroll around the aircraft. A smoking lounge, a promenade deck, and a games area were just a few of the locations first class passengers could enjoy during their flight. Faster air travel required a more seated environment, but mid-century first class passengers still enjoyed amenities like a standing bar and lounges. First class seating and surroundings were crafted of fine, ornate materials. Toward the late twentieth century, restrictions on moving about the aircraft limited first class to large, semi-reclining seats and frequent attention from flight attendants.

First Class Now and Tomorrow In recent years, many airlines have worked to upgrade the first class flight experience. Several first class airlines offer individual suites with doors where passengers can enjoy sleeping uninterrupted on fully reclining seats in provided sleep suits, or watching a wide variety of programs on large personal screens. First class flyers are also pampered at the airport. Some airlines are building special first class terminals, complete with extra services to help streamline baggage checks and security as well as fine dining and entertainment options in the gate area. The airline industry seems to be steadily upgrading the first class experience to make sure that it really does stand out from standard travel options.

Are you looking for a first class experience at an excellent fare? CheckAirFare can help you find the best fares for business class and first class flights, even last minute deals. Call us today at (888) 720-1343 to speak to one of our travel agents.


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