News and notes from around the interweb:
- Delta plans a new upgraded business class seat for Boeing 777 and A350 aircraft.
Incoming Delta President Glen Hauenstein further explained how Delta is going from a liked to a loved brand. He discussed Delta’s focus on continuous innovation and customization, referencing a new upgraded seat for international long-haul 777 and 350 aircraft.
- In lieu of public transit projects, one Central Florida city is subsidizing Uber
- $10 Uber credit for existing users going to or from Buffalo Wild Wings
- Memphis airport inadvertently gets security right
- Air India wants their creditors to take a haircut
- I recently reviewed British Airways business class London – Austin.
My take is that the seat is fully lie flat, which is better than angled, but it’s probably the worst lie flat product out there other than perhaps pre-merger United Boeing 777s. The airline often sells business class at a deep discount through sales, and so the product can be a good value (albeit not as much on award tickets where you’re paying fuel surcharges). If BA is cheaper, or has the better schedule, it’s perfectly fine. Though all things equal it’s clearly better to choose a carrier that offers a more spacious seat, direct aisle access, and ideally inflight internet.
There’s a new review of the same London – Austin flight in business class over at The Points Guy with a contrasting view. So presented in fairness:
[T]his was another great experience. The cabin and flight crew were incredibly friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and well-presented and the seats — while not spacious or particularly new — were flat, long and wide enough to be comfortable. The 10-hour flight flew by much faster than we expected, and we were rather sad to have it end when we started to descend into Austin.