Just last week I finished my Airbus 380 “extravaganza” trip, though I’m still working on the trip report.
Anyway, while I usually try to redeem miles for international first class, today I’m starting my US Airways 90,000 mile business class award ticket to Asia via Europe.
I’m excited for a couple of reasons. First of all, I’m excited to try longhaul business class on Austrian, Brussels, LOT, and Turkish for the first time. But more than that I’m actually excited to share my impressions on the difference between business class and first class on “premium” carriers, especially for you SkyTeam flyers.
I’ve been fortunate to fly just about every one of the best first class products out there, so I’m curious to see how business class is on premium carriers. I’m not sure whether I’ll feel like it’s merely comfortable transportation or still find the flights utterly enjoyable. We’ll see!
What am I looking forward to most? Austrian’s new business class, Austrian’s extensive iced coffee menu (though I have been overdosing on iced coffee the past couple of days for different reasons), visiting Turkish’s lounge in Istanbul (which many say is the best business class lounge out there), falling for the shoe shine scam in Istanbul, doing a direct turn in Tokyo to travel between two European cities, and most importantly finally getting to fly the 787 Dreamliner.
LOT has a brand new business class product on the 787, so not only will it be my first time on the 787, but I get to experience a new business class product as well. I’d never fly LOT on one of their ratty old 767s. Anyway, I’m ready to go, and nothing could possibly go wrong!