Putting the Squeeze On

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The highly com­pet­i­tive busi­ness class of­fer­ings that have been de­vel­oped in re­cent years have largely su­per­seded what used to be called first class. Flat-bed seats in long-haul busi­ness class are no longer a rar­ity but are ex­pected as the norm. Com­bined with multi-course meals served on fine china, state-of-the-art in-flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems and per­son­al­ized ser­vice, to­day’s busi­ness class is en­croach­ing into the first class ter­ri­tory of yes­ter­year.

China Air­lines (CAL) is a ca­su­alty of this trend. The Tai­wanese car­rier did of­fer first class on its 747-400 flights to the US, but re­treated from the North Amer­i­can mar­ket last year. While it still op­er­ates the 747s on a num­ber of short-haul, in­tra-Asia flights, its

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