This week we are taking a walk down memory lane with a vintage first class trip report. I’m sharing photos and brief commentary from a trip I took in the final days of 2010 and first days of 2011 that included many first class flights from five Star Alliance carriers. As we enter a new decade, the goal of this trip report is to examine how airlines have changed over the last one. Although this trip report has never been published, I will not be publishing a detailed, word-heavy review as I do for current trip reports. Instead, commentary will be limited and the focus will be on photos. For the final post, I will summarize, as generally as I can, how premium products have changed over the last decade.
Flight #1: United Airlines 757-200 First Class Los Angeles to Chicago
- Since we were connecting in Chicago to First Class on Lufthansa, we had access to the old International First Class Lounge at LAX
- It was in the location of the current Polaris Lounge
- While quiet, it was nothing special, with a better buffet than the Red Carpet Club, but no a la carte dining or bartender like the current premium cabin lounge
- The water bottle pictured next to the nuts was from the first class lounge
- I had pre-ordered an Indian vegetarian meal, which proved to be far better than the sandwich or salad served with soup onboard – even 10 years ago I knew to order the Indian choice.
- I just love Gulab Jamun, those sweet brown balls that took the place of dessert
- But I received a chocolate chip cookie as well, hot from the oven – double dessert is another reason to order special meals
- The overhead videos are gone, but seats now have power ports and wi-fi plus streaming IFE is available
- I do miss those old cloth seats, though (on this flight, they had just been replaced to leather ones; I preferred the old cloth ones with the little pocket for the ticket stubs)
- All United 757-200s now have lie-flat seats
- A perfectly satisfactory, on-time domestic flight
Next up: Chicago to Munich in Lufthansa First Class