The Sad Reality of First Class Travel and a Ginger Bread Model of a Major Airport

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  1. The BI article is mostly comparing domestic to international first class. That’s comparing apples to oranges. What’s the point? I don’t think anyone expects your ORD to JFK flight in First to remotely resemble Emirates First on an A380.

  2. I’m a little surprised that AmEx is opening a lounge in BOM. On one hand, it’s probably a mere fraction the cost of their other properties. On the other hand, the GVK contract lounge in that airport is insane — it’s the size of the old Turkish lounge in IST, and has multiple tiers of service included seated dining with very good wines, and included massage services.

  3. @George W +1. My personal favorite is the Ryanair picture. I didn’t even know that they had a first class.

  4. The Amex Lounge in BOM is opening on the domestic airside, not international. The GVK lounges on the international side will always remain the flagship lounges at BOM

  5. To reduce political corruption, all communications by elected and public officials, should be monitored and deemed public domain, especially in Chicago. Body cams for politicians. Why not? Are private citizens the only ones that can be monitored by the gov’t? Add judges to the list. They are suppose to function in open court, not private offices, right?

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