The field has narrowed quite a bit in recent years.
- Air India is expected to eliminate international first class
- United Airlines no longer offers international first class
American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER First Class, Credit: American
While food and service are mixed on Air China, they have a good seat even if it isn’t always well-maintained. I’d absolutely take Air China first class over American Airlines first class.
I’ve never flown TAAG Angola First Class. Last summer Lucky from One Mile at a Time speculated that they might stop offering first class, but they currently sell it on their Johannesburg, Capetown, Lisbon, Porto, São Paulo, and Rio routes. Lucky flew them Lisbon to Luanda and Luanda to São Paulo and while the first segment seemed on par with what American might offer the second sounded dreadful.
With fewer airlines offering international first class, and with the caveat that I haven’t experienced TAAG Angola myself, I’d certainly have to try them out before declaring any airline to have ‘the worst first class in the world.’
Now that BA has finally gotten their act together on internet – fuel surcharges on award tickets aside – I’d fly them over American, though I do think Qatar Airways QSuites is better than British Airways first class (and the new ANA business class seems like it may be as well).
British Airways First Class
Since I rank both Air China (as well as China Eastern) over American, and British Airways as well, is there any airline besides TAAG Angola at the bottom of the list if we were to put together an argument for absolute worst international first class in the world?