The Origin of Business Class and Putting in Carpet Before the Hotel is Built

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  1. Re the KLM flight – this was not KLM’s final 747 flight – it was the final flight of that particular 747.

  2. Ahhh, Clipper Class. I flew that many times. Notably JFK-DHA on the 747SP. Long, terrible flight that arrived around 8pm. Configuration was 2-3-2 with a pitch roughly equal to AA’s current premium economy. Though the galley stretched along the starboard side of the aircraft so seating was 2-2 for the first 5 or 6 rows. C class was surprisingly empty on this flight as most of the oil industry guys were stuffed in back getting as drunk as possible.

    Managed to also fly it on numerous intra-Asia routes from both NRT and HKG (Kai Tak).

  3. Very interesting, I just got off the phone with the benefits department (888-675-1461) of the Chase Sapphire Reserve (CSR) credit card, and they are claiming the ATL airport shut down is not a covered benefit. My Delta flights were cancelled last night and this morning, so I decided to rent a car and drive 10 hours home. I was hoping to get reimbursed for the car rental, any suggestion?

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