Post # 1
Hey Bees! I just finished booking our flight to Hawaii for the honeymoon and am confused by some of the “lingo”. When speaking with our travel agent we said “business class” and booked our flights. She gave me the information regarding our aircrafts (Canadair CRJ-900 (CR9)) and Boeing 757-200 Vers. 1B (752)). She also told me which seats we had booked 2 D and F on the CR9 and 1 A and C on the 752. She told me I could go online and check our seats to make sure I liked them.
Anyway, I got on to check and the site said these were First Class seats, and I couldn’t find an option for business class, but when we booked our travel agent referred to them as “business class”. These are the first seats on the plane, which I’ve always thought were First. I thought business was in Coach, just different types of seats, slightly more leg room and slightly better service.
I’m actually having a hard time finding flights that have Business Class to Hawaii (from Texas), so do they just not have a “business class” on these flights? Or are they calling Business Class “First” class, just to sound prettier? Is true “First Class” reserved for international flights only?
I’m pretty excited about our honeymoon, and I’m actually a little excited that it looks like we’ll be in better seats than I originally thought! (Even if these are business class, they seem to be the seats I’ve always thought of as First Class… then again, I’ve only ever been on a plane 4 times in my life…) Someone please let me know! (I plan on calling my travel agent, but her office is closed until Monday). Thanks Bees!
Post # 3
sounds like there are only 2 types – as in economy and first
is it a short haul flight or long haul? i think true first class is normally long haul only
but youll have lots of lovely leg room and itll definitely be better than economy either way, lucky you!
Post # 4
@aliciab21: Depends on the plane. Many planes only have business class and economy. The first seats you see on your standard aircraft are usually first/business class.
I’ve flown United Airlines and every plane I’ve been on only has business class (seats up front). Air Canada has first class pods at the front of the plane on their longer flights (like to Europe).
Some planes have a mix of first, business, and economy.
Post # 5
@aliciab21: What you’re referring to as business in coach with better seats is also known as premium economy – it’s a good option because you get bigger seats for a lot less than business.
But yeah, as PP said, you’re probably on a smallish plane that only has ‘first’ and ‘economy’ but first class on these planes tends to really just be business class. A lot of smaller planes don’t have the full 3 (or sometimes 4) classes because they aren’t necessary.
Post # 6
looks like ‘first class’ to me. then again I know the lingo varies from airline to airline. but these do not look like the basic coach seats I’m used to
the above links show your planes and the seat maps. The seats you describe definitely have more room than the normal seats. Have fun!
PS I fly on planes like this a lot since my airport is fairly small and doesn’t really accomodate the bigger planes. Talk about small plane (well I’ve been on smaller) and there is only one class of seats… I love being able to snag a very front seat on these babys.
Post # 7
Thank you for the comments! Yeah, they are “smaller” planes. One has less than 80 seats and the other has less than 200. The first is about an 1hr 30 min flight, and the 2nd is about a 6 hour flight. To me, 6 hours is long, but I know it is relatively short when looking at flying to Austrailia!
Either way, I’m going to be happy with these seats it seems.
I think I was thinking of the Premium Economy seats when I was thinking Business. I don’t fly too much, but it is nice to know the difference. So business class on a 2 class plane is considered first class? Is it like a mix of business and first?
I looked up some pictures of “First Class” to and from Japan, and whoo, those are some niiiice seats…. the flight I looked at was $8,000-$10,000 for one seat! HAHAHA!
Post # 8
Some airlines, especially domestic, only have a first + coach, OR business plus coach.
I’ve almost never found first/business to be worth the upgrade domestically. Internationally (on trans-ocean or long haul international flights, not to Canada, haha) you get your own cubicle/lay flat bed, ridiculous amenities etc in first class. Besides a slightly bigger seat and some meal perks, guaranteed overhead bin space, there’s not a lot of upgrades in first/business domestically.
Post # 9
@aliciab21: we flew first class R/T from oakland, CA to maui so it’s definitely available on non-international flights. i think our flight coming back had business class also because there was a section behind 1st class that was nicer than coach and seperated from coach.
Post # 10
there’re basically four types of seats:
first class: x number of seats or cabins located in the front of the aircraft which are notable for their space, comfort, service, and privacy
it was originally intended as an intermediate level of service between economy and first. however, in the US usually is available only on transcontinental flights or premium routes between New York City and Los Angeles, and some flights from the east coast to hawaii.
premium economy: regular seats with a tiny bit more leg space
economy: what we all usually fly!
so, most flights are only economy/first
Post # 11
CRJ 900s are for short distant flights. Yes there is a first class seating. Nothing fancier than being in economy except for the compimentary alcoholic drinks. Also if your flight is over 699 miles, there is a meal on that flight, if its under 699 miles you get snacks. Its a little more roomie as well. Your airline company doesn’t want you paying for it and not enjoying yourself. Boeing s are for much longer flights. And there is plenty of time to actually enjoy bussiness elite that you paid for. Think of it this way….. jets are small and for shorter distance s. Boeings are big and for longer distances.(international flights as well) Enjoy ur honeymoon. I wish I was working your flight…… 🙂 and we share the same wedding date. Congrats!!
Post # 12
Yes, there is only first class and economy on your 757. In my experience true first class and business classes are only on international flights.
Post # 13
@aliciab21: Depends on the plane/airline. Seat configurations are usually left up to the airline to decide.
Domestic flights usually only have 2-3 classes for multi cabin configurations. First/Business (same thing) and Coach. Some airline also provide an “coach plus/economy plus) option where they charge you to put you in the bulkhead or exit rows due FAA required extra legroom.
International flights will have more options: First, Business, Premium Economy, Economy.