I often hear people lament the "good old days" of air travel, when you went in at least a degree of comfort.
Actually, the fact is that the good old days are better than ever -- if you're flying business-class or first-class on international routes. For international travelers, in-flight comforts in the front of the plane have never been better, from seats to entertainment to food and wine and even on-ground amenities in exclusive premium airport lounges around the world.
And obviously, some people have the bucks to enjoy it. While air travel demand increased across all seat classes in July, premium-passenger numbers were 7.5 percent higher than a year earlier, the International Air transport association says today.
The strongest growth in premium air travel in July was in the developing economy markets in Asia and South America.