There are several airlines operating all business class configurations, from British Airways’ Club World London City service between New York and London, to La Compagnie’s new service between New York and Paris.
But here’s one I had never heard of until today, thanks to this amazing airliners.net trip report of the inaugural. And unfortunately it looks like it’s too late, since it has been discontinued already.
AZAL Azerbaijan operated an all business class 727 service twice per week between Baku and Geneva. Apparently it was the last ex-Northwest 727 still flying.
The service began last month, on Friday, July 11, 2014, and operated Fridays and Sundays with the following schedule:
Baku to Geneva departing 7:55AM arriving 9:55AM
Geneva to Baku departing 11:15AM arriving 6:55PM
The flight was actually operated by Silk Way Business Aviation, and has one heck of a configuration, with only 65 business class seats.
The business class seats were in a 2-2 configuration, but then they also had a VIP lounge upfront.
Here’s a video of the takeoff and landing taken by someone that took the flight, which also has some cabin pictures in it:
While the route is still being flown, unfortunately the all business class configuration seems to be dead within a month. It’s now operated by an AZAL A319, featuring both a business and economy class cabin. Oh well.
Even so, what’s hilariously bizarre is that AZAL doesn’t actually sell tickets for this flight on their website. Instead you have to book through a third party online travel agency.
I was almost tempted to book this flight until I realized it’s not all business class anymore. The 727 is a gorgeous plane, and this route just seemed so obscure. I always wonder the decision making process that goes into routes like this. It seems like it was really meant as a weekend getaway route, given the twice weekly Friday and Sunday service, and that even the press release talked about how you can “get away” for the weekend.
(Tip of the hat to David)