Do Airlines Make Money From First Class?

Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines make a lot of their money at the front of the plane. A strong economy and industry consolidation has allowed the airlines, in recent years, to invest in more fuel efficient planes with better cabins focusing on premium classes. One focus has been rethinking business class. First class internationally and on some key domestic routes has become a hybrid of first and business class.
As of November 2019, if you wanted to book a first class round trip flight on Emirates from JFK to Dubai at the last minute it could cost you over $23,000.
Flying from New York to Mumbai? Etihad Airways offers a three-room luxury suite called The Residence which features a private bathroom, a private living room and a personal butler. Flying round trip on Etihad for that flight could be over $36,000.
And, for about $3,000, American Airlines Flagship First fliers can go from New York to Los Angeles with access to an exclusive check-in area and premium wines in the flagship lounge.
While the airlines make a significant amount of money packing people into coach like cattle, premium cabins like business and first class are still a major source of income for U.S carriers.
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Do Airlines Make Money From First Class?

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  • Music is distracting. Otherwise thank you , very informative

    muhammad usmanmuhammad usman2 أيام قبل
  • Who's here after the Qantas 747's death

    Francis Gabriel L AbordoFrancis Gabriel L Abordo3 أيام قبل
  • For $36k I’d rather just gamble that money on roulette.

    mdlyonn 00mdlyonn 004 أيام قبل
  • So let's see what will happen now that mostly business people will fly,will the fly plains with 20/30 people? I d like to see that

    Brave 4Brave 45 أيام قبل
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    Ali QazilbashAli Qazilbash5 أيام قبل
  • 😃

    Ali QazilbashAli Qazilbash5 أيام قبل
  • 2020: "How about NO".

    Дмитрий ПерцевДмитрий Перцев6 أيام قبل
  • After I watched all those airline reality shows I only fly "business" and never look back. All those fights you see, only happen in super economy seats. YUK!

    Fitness ModelFitness Model6 أيام قبل
  • anyone watching this like 8 months later because youtube recommended this to you

    Cow CatCow Cat6 أيام قبل
  • ''why are 1st class tickets so expensive' literally has wine/other alcohols, private butler, own suite, lie-flat beds, showers, lounges in the airport hmm

    hotdog the 2ndhotdog the 2nd7 أيام قبل
  • 8:36 now that aged so badly :(

    JulianJulian7 أيام قبل
  • Cool video but I'd have appreciated a minute spent on giving me a STRAIGHT answer to the question posed in the title.

    Sagar RaoSagar Rao7 أيام قبل
  • Meanwhile in economy 😬😬

    vivek pilotvivek pilot8 أيام قبل
  • 36k cheap 🙄

    WeerqassWeerqass8 أيام قبل
  • First class isn’t worth it for domestic flights. International flights? HELL YEAH. Gimme that lie-flat any day of the week. Use travel points and watch for mistake fares and it’s more affordable.

    hothotheat3000hothotheat30009 أيام قبل
  • $20000 i rader buy a car

    eang sunheang sunh10 أيام قبل
  • 2:02 I hope they would do that again with an Airbus :v

    Nhật Anh BùiNhật Anh Bùi11 أيام قبل
  • You basically hire a hotel on air when using First Class.

    Nhật Anh BùiNhật Anh Bùi11 أيام قبل
  • 1:23 my parants

    Adriaan 020Adriaan 02011 أيام قبل
  • The wall-to-wall music will drive you nuts.

    RoderickRoderick13 أيام قبل
  • 36k? That's okay I'll just buy my own plane for that money

    Pringles BoiPringles Boi14 أيام قبل
  • 2020 said: "sike".

    King VelexarianKing Velexarian17 أيام قبل
  • coronavirus: hello

    A swordA sword18 أيام قبل
  • Corona Virus: I'm about to end this man's whole career...

    Jasozi LuxJasozi Lux19 أيام قبل
    • tbh, First Class definitely won't die. Just some reduction in service until demand recovers

      naruciakknaruciakk12 أيام قبل
  • this didn't age well......

    Asier Quiñones FernándezAsier Quiñones Fernández19 أيام قبل
  • “The us airlines are doing quite well frankly” *COVID has entered the chat

    Joe MuteJoe Mute20 أيام قبل
  • I fly for free standby life lol

    Eclipse 3g03Eclipse 3g0321 أيام قبل
  • And Covid-19 happens and nobody travels

    Rod YoonRod Yoon23 أيام قبل
  • If you fly in economy and the planes going down so is first class-Steve jobs

    Sticky MoantainSticky Moantain23 أيام قبل
  • For $36,000, I can just learn to fly a plane t-t.

    derrezed_qbderrezed_qb23 أيام قبل
  • 9:39 the pandemic says hi

    RenRen23 أيام قبل
  • I can never justify flying first class... for a few hrs of flight, equals to like 2 weeks of living in a luxury 5 class hotel....

    Dobby JaiDobby Jai24 أيام قبل
  • This is also a good video related to this topic!

    gondolier62gondolier6224 أيام قبل
  • They really have a crisis in this sector, you can't not being 10 years profitable records and file bankruptcy the next year. There is a serious problem with the airline industry.

    Fernando ChavezFernando Chavez24 أيام قبل
  • Answer: No they dont

    Ved DagaVed Daga24 أيام قبل
  • Stop hacker

    Alex8 DkkdAlex8 Dkkd25 أيام قبل
  • People were so elegant those days - they wore suits, ties and even hats on board! Our world today is so cheap, full of rough men with no manners. I can't afford flying First Class, but I still want it to continue exist to serve as motivation for personal goals and careers.

    Zegna ManZegna Man26 أيام قبل
  • What is the background music in the first part of this video?

    dr.pancakedr.pancake26 أيام قبل
  • Who is watching this after COVID?

    Jing ChenJing Chen26 أيام قبل
  • Well now they are on a verge of bankruptcy

    Minju LeeMinju Lee26 أيام قبل
  • Leslie is looking like a first class meal 👀

    Jet XJet X27 أيام قبل
  • Due to COVID-19 round trip from newark to Miami first class is only $36

    Alex KkAlex Kk27 أيام قبل
  • Not any more, sir. Not any more ...

    You TubeYou Tube27 أيام قبل
  • Skip to the 06:15 to save time

    Siddharth IyerSiddharth Iyer28 أيام قبل
  • Airline companies not doing so well anymore...

    Patrick BoutinPatrick Boutin28 أيام قبل
  • this aged poorly

    Solo joshSolo josh28 أيام قبل
  • I can buy a house with 36k

    Dibanhi SalazarDibanhi Salazar28 أيام قبل
  • Is first class worth it? Uses Emirates 777 Business class for thumbnail.

    VH-XZP FanVH-XZP Fan29 أيام قبل
  • Yeah last time I had first class I only got free beer

    Simon SemSimon Semأشهر قبل
  • So it says on the video that airlines had a 10 year long high profitability. This video was 7 months ago. With COVID19, I think airlines will be dwindling in size and also a lot will be filing for bankruptcy as nobody will risk air travel for many years to come until this virus either dies off or if a vaccine is developed at all.

    DocVancouverDocVancouverأشهر قبل
  • well, this just changed the last few months huh?

    Yi Wei ZhangYi Wei Zhangأشهر قبل
  • This was all going well until Coronavirus. So sad

    Egbuna ObataEgbuna Obataأشهر قبل
  • 1:08 oh how the turntables have turned...

    Ryan LinRyan Linأشهر قبل
  • 7 months later, this all seems like ancient history....

    ck mck mأشهر قبل
    • ck m that’s what I was thinking.

      Phil KnowlesPhil Knowles12 أيام قبل
  • Airline classes in a nutshell: Economy: Tin can in the sky. Premium Economy: Same Tin can but with extra legroom for slightly richer fishes (humans) Business class: Sofa+ Bed on the sky. First class: Same as business with better food and beverage and on Emirates, a whole bathroom to yourself.

    David CavaleDavid Cavaleأشهر قبل
  • Looking very nice

    lemard mayslemard maysأشهر قبل
  • 1:10 hahahaha lol nah

    OmmiOmmiأشهر قبل
  • 9:38 Hahahahahahahahaha 2020

    Scotty CatmanScotty Catmanأشهر قبل
  • why does no one promote qatar airways so far thatwas the best first class i have ever tried like srsly u guys show so much hate

    Basel KamelBasel Kamelأشهر قبل
  • better cabins means less space

    Ha ThimHa Thimأشهر قبل