I fail to see why Binman is so angry against CE, sure its not perfect and I am annoyed at the loss of hot towels and the chocolate on the tray, but I still use it for a number of reasons.
I can’t comment on other airlines equivelent product other than Air France between LHR and PAR. Here you get the same width seat as economy with a bolster in between so the centre seat is free and not occupied. The food is served in a plastic tray with plastic knives and forks and is basicly aweful. BA’s short hop salad is far superior. You also don’t get a bar service.
AF lounges are okay, but certainly not as good as T5. I would agree with batraveller2’s enhancements