Airlines split over future of first-class service

05/27/2009 | NYTimes.com

Amid a sharp decline in premium travel, the airline industry appears torn over the future of first-class service. Qantas said Monday it would no longer offer first-class on three long-haul routes, while British Airways will take delivery of four new Boeing 777s without first-class cabins. Meanwhile, competitors like Lufthansa and Air France-KLM are building dedicated first-class lounges and planning luxurious new cabins aboard Airbus A380 aircraft due to enter service in the near future.

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