A primary mission on my blog is to sample as many business and first class products as possible. Only by actually experiencing competing products will I be able to authoritatively compare and contrast in my flight reviews.
I’ve tired some odd carriers over the years. Ariana Afghan Airlines, Biman Bangladesh, Pakistan International Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, and Uzbekistan Airways come to mind. But there are still a handful of “commonplace” carriers that I have yet to try. Here are five of them:
Although located right in my back yard, I’ve never flown Aeromexico on a long or short-haul route. I look forward to trying Aeromexico’s 787-9 business class on a future fight to Asia or Europe. I particularly like that Aeromexico has “redeyes” traveling west from Europe. Flights from Paris and London leave late at night and arrive early in the morning in Mexico City.
I have flown Air Canada business class before…in 2009. In fact, that seat, brand new at the time, is still present throughout much of the longhaul fleet. Yet Air Canada has introduced a new reverse-herringbone seat and refreshed the business class soft product. Plus, I’d like to check out the Signature Suite in Toronto.
My recent attempts to fly Air France were foiled: one trip by strike, one trip by a so-called “mistake fare” defense. But Air France tends to be quite generous at making business class award space available to its own Flying Blue members. Consequently, this is an airline I put many of my clients on but have never actually sampled myself. I’ve heard mixed reviews and know to avoid the angled seats on the A380 in business class, but the new 777-300ER business class seats look great.
Korean Air remains like a diamond in the rough. Although award space is not as generous as it once was, flying between the USA and Asia via Seoul on Korean Air represents an excellent use of your Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
After Lucky’s dismal review of TAP Portugal, I’m not sure WHY I want to fly it, but it is the last Europe-based Star Alliance carrier that I have not flown transatlantic on. I did fly TAP from London to Lisbon in business class several years ago, but that was hardly a memorable flight.
Any other airlines you would like to see me review in the months ahead? Time is limited right now and I’ve found myself sticking to United (on track for 1K status once again…) lately. Even so, I love trying out new products and hope to at least knock a few of these products out soon.