Talk:First class (aviation)

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Please clarify "first class tickets are not normally sold out to lay passengers, official credentials are required". I have never heard of tickets being restricted except by price, if you can afford first class you can buy it with no need for special credentials. I suspect this is a reference to the situation in one country but which and are there any references to support and explain? I'd also like clarification of lay passengers, lay people normally means either not a priest or not a doctor but here it seems to mean not a member of some unspecified set of credential holders


Does anyone actually know when first class air travel was introduce? Or maybe I should be asking when other classes were introduced! Purple Aubergine (talk) 22:48, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

First Class was essentially the only available cabin on the first commercial flights due to the exclusive nature of flying at that time. Economy Class evolved later-on as flying was made more affordable and finally Business Class to close the gap between the two. I don't have any specific sources to back this up but articles in inflight magazines regularly retell that story. Specific dates will heavily depend on airline and region - I expect European airlines have adopted multiple classes first. DeltaNovember (talk) 01:23, 13 March 2010 (UTC)
Originally airline flights were mostly (all?) one-class; United tried cheap SFO-LAX flights around 1940 but that didn't last. Coach fares reappeared around 1948-49 in the US and slowly became the norm for domestic flights, but even in 1960 many airliners had only first class seats. Pan Am started "tourist" fares to Puerto Rico circa 1951, and tourist fares became widely available on international airlines starting in 1952. Tim Zukas (talk) 21:48, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

The section "US Domestic First Class" sounds like shameless advertising for American Airlines. Someone with a better English (and more experience in editing Wikipedia) improve it SVP. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 187.24.196.125 (talk) 05:15, 5 January 2010 (UTC)

Page Merging[edit]

The “First class (aviation)” and “First class travel” pages should be merged into a single page since they are both concerned with first class travel. 174.22.31.193 (talk) 22:56 , 18 April 2012 (UTC)