My first long haul business class flight was meant to be Pan Am from LHR to JFK in 1991. At check in I was asked if I would like to fly with TWA and eagerly said yes as it would be the chance to try a different airline with Pam Am to follow on the way back.
Recall it was huge reclining armchairs in 6 seats across cabin on a 742. I was 21 at the time and enjoying a few budweisers before lunch when the passenger next to me asked why I was drinking beer instead of the champagne.
That soon changed and I remember reading the description of the wines in the menu and being able to taste the peach notes, elderflower overtones etc – the power of suggestion!
Little recollection of the Pan Am Flight back.