For the world to make any sense words must have meaning. Can we all agree on that?
If I tell you I’m holding a coffee mug in my hand you shouldn’t look down and see that I’m actually holding a stapler. And if you did see I was holding a stapler you would, rightfully, classify me as either crazy or a bald-faced liar and that would be that.
Well, it seems as a general rule we have lost our way with regard to the agreed upon meaning of the term “first class”.
SFO777 is in the process of sharing a report on his and his wife’s trip from the U.S. to South Africa. At the time of this writing they haven’t yet reached their destination … but what a trip report it is so far.
Photo heavy, the report dramatizes the extreme difference between U.S. domestic first class and the international first class product and service offered by the Middle Eastern airlines – both on the ground and in the air.
Now, to be fair, no one would honestly expect the two to be comparable. And they aren’t.
I didn’t even ask SFO777 if I could share some of the photos in this post because you really need to click through and look at them all.
Seriously, United has lost the plot and these photos prove it. I’ve seen more inviting chairs in Texas state penitentiaries. Ray Rice’s wife has fewer scuff marks than the furniture in the United Club lounge in Denver.
Looking at these photos – both the photos SFO777 takes of United and Emirates – it really makes you wonder how both services can be classified as “first class”. Shouldn’t there be some minimum standard that must be met before this term can be applied?
If you are prone to jealousy when you hear about fellow travelers who enjoy the Emirates first-class experience, this report isn’t going to sate that jealousy.
On the other hand, if you are mostly an economy flyer – maybe you work with people who frequently fly first class domestically in the U.S. and you sometimes wish you could do the same – after reading this report and seeing the photos you will be perfectly content with your economy-class tickets from now on.
Read the trip report in its entirety: Beautiful Cape Town and the Winelands via Emirates First Class