It’s amazing how the quality of business class in different parts of the world varies.
Europe probably has the worst shorthaul business class standard in the world, as most business class cabins simply consist of economy with a blocked middle seat and enhanced service. This gives the airlines a lot of flexibility, as they can move the “curtain” around on each flight to adjust for the business class demand.
Meanwhile I’d say the world’s best region for shorthaul business class is the Middle East, where it’s not unusual to get a flat bed, pre-departure drinks and hot towels, a full meal, a freshly made cappuccino, etc., on a 45 minute flight.
Earlier I shared my experience in Tunisair’s shorthaul business class product from London to Tunis. I was in 4A, but when I boarded the business class “curtain” stopped at row three, so they moved it back a row.
Reader Bob shared a link to a hilarious video from years ago that I hadn’t yet seen. It’s a 1999 ad from French airline Air Liberte, where they were trying to advertise that their business class product is better than Air France’s. Air France simply blocks a middle seat and calls it business class, while Air Liberte had a different seat.
Here’s the ad, which I think most of us can appreciate even if we don’t speak French:
Unfortunately Air Liberte is no longer in business…