What are the classes on the plane and how do they differ?

Recently, the use of air transport for the purpose of moving around the world is no longer a luxury, but rather an enforced need and commonness, which is indispensable in the impetuous XXI century.

Almost every person, even if he has never used airplanes, knows that there are several classes of transportation and passenger services there. If you are going to travel on an airplane, but do not know which of the existing classes should be chosen, then read on.

So, what are the classes on the plane? That you probably know: economic, business class and first class. All of them differ not only in cost, which, by the way, can exceed a lower level of service, by 5–15 times, depending on the class and airlines chosen! Let's figure it out.

Economy class

The economic class is the most popular and most budgetary variant of flights, which is chosen by most "ordinary mortals"sometimes very wealthy citizens who do not see the point of spending so large sums on it (and they can reach several thousand dollars each way).

Naturally, the most important advantage of economy classes is their low cost, in fact, anywhere in the world can be reached in a very budgetary way, especially if you book tickets in advance. Many passengers choose this class because of the reasonable price-quality relationship.

The relative disadvantage of the economy class is its traditional placement in the middle or tail of the liner, as a result of which passengers leave the cabin last, after business or first class, which can be noticeably unpleasant after a long stay in the air.

On the other hand, it is believed that precisely the tailpins are the most favorable from the point of view of safety, the largest percentage of surviving passengers in various air crashes from the tail end of the aircraft. The width of the seats in economy is from 43 to 46 cm, the distance between the seats is minimal (from 74 to 90 cm, depending on which flight is carried out), which can cause inconvenience to especially large passengers.

The facilities and services provided in this class are entirely dependent on the specific airline, but in any case, your seat will be equipped with a special folding table, as well as a pocket in which the in-flight magazine and evacuation card are placed.

In addition, you may be offered headphones if the chairs are equipped with built-in monitors, rugs, earplugs and pillows for long flights. Meals provided during the flight also depend on the airline and the flight.

At international this can be a full breakfast / lunch or dinner and drinks to choose from (non-alcoholic, sometimes alcoholic), depending on the time of day, regional - light snacks and a limited selection of soft drinks (mostly non-alcoholic).

First grade

It should be noted that the first class does not exist on all flights, for the most part they are found on transatlantic routes, although just recently British Airways has introduced first-class lounges on the London-Moscow route.

The first class is the most expensive option for passenger service, here everything is at the highest level: from smiling staff to a variety of dishes, drinks and a lot of individual space.

The advantages are everywhere: for example, very comfortable chairs that fold out to a position of 180 °, a decent distance between the rows, which can reach about 2.5 meters, and the width of the chairs - up to 90 cm!

Flying in first class is pleasure and relaxation, not a grueling wait for its end. Passengers in the first class will be offered a variety of dishes in porcelain and glass plates (as opposed to economy, where food is served in plastic), portions can be increased and you will never refuse to supplement.

The same goes for drinks. In addition, first-class passengers are brought on board by the hotel’s comfortable transport (for example, a limousine), they pass a separate check-in and rest in a separate lounge area, in which free drinks and snacks can also be offered.

Perhaps the only drawback of the first class is the cost of tickets, which is 10-15 times higher than the cost of economy class.

Business Class

In 1976, KLM introduced a business class, which became the gap between the economy and the first class. Should noticethat often the differences between the business class and the economic option only in food, as well as in a more attentive service, in particular, this applies to domestic air carriers.

Prices for business class also bite, they are often 3-5 times higher than usual, but price-quality compliance is not always at the proper level.

The advantage of this type of service is more comfortable chairs, they are usually of several types: they can be folded up to 160 °, up to 180 ° not parallel to the floor and up to 180 ° parallel to the floor. Food and drinks are included in the price and are served in unlimited quantities, as a rule, passengers can have access to the Internet.

Unlike the first class, where most of the major air carriers have equipped separate cabins for passengers, there is a common room in the business, with small partitions between the seats.

Unfortunately, not all carriers conscientiously follow the rules for transporting business class passengers, with the result that the difference in service is insignificant, and the price is unreasonably overpriced.

For example, rarely, but there are situations when a plane with a single economy room is served for landing, and then passengers are forced to sit with the others, despite the fact that a completely different amount was paid for this.

Naturally, the level of service in the business class is provided much higher, however, it is impossible not to take into account the human factor, which can significantly affect the situation.

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