My first long haul business class was on American Airlines to JFK about 1989 – 767. Big queues at check in and someone called forward in front of us for earlier flight, stopped my partner complaining and we were sweetness and light with check in agent and asked if there was a possibility of upgrade (could do that in those days) yes Sirs if possible could we put you in business class? Erm yes please, not sitting together but still, then went to old Amex Lounge in Queens Building….not sure why not AA lounge.
After boarding asked businessman if he would be kind enough to move which he did and went to sleep for whole flight, enjoyed the warm nuts, champers, very good meal and the lovely sheepskin seats. Small video things given out and really didn’t want to get off.
During trip blagged into Bill Clinton election party and sent fax to American to thank them, just about to board flight from Boston and last hope asked if there was possibility of upgrade in light of fax, friendly agent just tapped away ripped up econ boarding passes and said have a nice flight, flight half empty, bless him.
Was very loyal to AA for years after and enjoyed LHR/LAX/JFK/RDU.
Still impressed with Turkish long haul and short in Business, EVA to. But its never the same as first time is it?