Never one to shy away from expressing his opinion, Prince Philip has some choice words for economy class.
Speaking to the Aircraft Research Association, the Consort to Queen Elizabeth II made clear that he would never set foot in economy class.
If you travel as much as we do, you appreciate the improvements in aircraft design of less noise and more comfort – provided you don’t travel in something called economy class, which sounds ghastly.
The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen do fly commercial from time to time, especially for more personal trips. He’s right that airplanes have become more comfortable and quiet. While the days of baby grand pianos, lobster, and chateaubriand may be a distant memory, we’re arguably in a golden age of airline travel. Seats are more comfortable than they’ve ever been and the world is much smaller place thanks to a new generation of longhaul aircraft. If only the Concorde was still in service…
Of course, Prince Philip should be aware that his own grandsons have flown in that “ghastly” economy class on several occasions, sometimes even on low-cost-carriers. Just last month, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle flew economy class on British Airways to Nice. Prince William was even sighted in economy class on a U.S. domestic flight.
I’m a big fan of Prince Philip. I respect his public service and sacrifice for his wife, Queen, and country. And I just love his gaffe-prone sense of humor. So when I saw this quote, I had to write about it…
In memoriam of the Duke of Edinburgh. This post is re-published from 2019.