These are our new "lie flat" J class seats. One small complaint, some don't like the "individuality." I know one thing, it's cut down on the "mile high" memberships.
However, I'm told if there is a will there is a way. ...ahem...
All of our overseas aircraft (except three leased B767s) have been "XMd" (modified)
The next three photos are compliments of "Erik" who works for AC in FRA. As an employee we sometimes get to capitalize on these seats but stipulations come with the luxury.
Hungry? One of the perks of my job is "left overs!" Although we domestic pilots don't see the elaborate display compared to the international flights. Having said that, we do get to capitalize on cookies and ice cream. Just last night on a Calgary turn I had to make a tough decision. At first I declined everything. (I have a medical this month and with it will come blood work. I know they will mention about my triglycerides) But eventually I caved and requested an oatmeal raison cookie. It's tough being a captain and making decisions like that! :)
I would like to thank everyone for submitting questions for my enRoute aviation column. The column has become very popular and if I had a dollar every time someone told me it's the first thing they turn to, I'd be a happy guy!
I started with enRoute in May 1998 and to this day I am amazed it's lasted this long. I'm always waiting for that... "Dear Doug" email.
I haven't missed a beat with only two of my articles shelved for reasons I won't mention. (It was the time when I wrote a full page on a topic) Here's one question (since we went to the question/answer format) which eventually was shelved, but I think it's a great question. I'm certain the person who sent this, has many more great questions. :)
So the question went like this...
What is the origin of "J" for business class?Business class evolved in the late seventies. But “B” already existed in the computer reservation system so “C” was next in line. British Airways launched its “club class” but went a step further to “super club” which needed another letter so “J” came to being for business class. At the time, Air Canada used a similar reservation system and adopted the “J” to denote “business/executive class.” Although no first class exists at Air Canada, we pilots jest our vantage points are first class.
I only have ninety words which includes the question and the answer.
So here's more info in case you are wondering why.
Incidentally, I ran into a fellow in the gym and he mentioned he flew to Athens, Greece on our B767. He said he sat in a "W" class seat. I did some investigation and sure enough we have three 767s with premium seating (W) dedicated on this route and a few others.
A= First class discounted
B= Economy full fare
C= Full fare business (club)
D= Business class discounted
E= Premium economy code
F= Full fare first class
G= Special discount
H= Standard fare
I= Business class discounted
"J" = Full fare business class
P = First Class (some airlines use this code for Business class. Jet Airways India, for instance) R = First Class Suites (currently only Airbus 380, and formerly Supersonic Concorde), (a lowercase "n" after any class code indicates Night Service)
Business class codes C, J, D, I, Z On many airlines, C or J indicate full fare business class, whereas discounted and thus restricted and typically non-upgradeable fares are represented by D, I or Z.
The codes in short: C, J = Full-fare Business Class, D, I, Z = Business Class
Economy class codes Full fare: Y, B Standard fare: M, H Special or discount fares: G, K, L, N, O, Q, S, T, U, V, W, X On most airlines, unrestricted economy ticket is booked as a Y fare. Full fare tickets with restrictions on travel dates, refunds, or advance reservations are commonly classed as B, H, or M, although some airlines may use H, V, or others. Heavily discounted fares, commonly O, T or X, will not permit cabin upgrades, refunds, or reservation changes, may restrict frequent flyer program eligibility, and/or impose other restrictions. Other fare codes such as X are restricted for use by consolidators, group charters, or travel industry professionals. However on some airlines W or X is used for frequent flier program award redemptions. Airlines that offer premium economy cabins have also specified certain codes for fares in the upgraded economy cabin, which are usually S (which in this case often stands for 'Supercomfort'), W, or E. Premium economy codes: E, H, K, O, U, W, T