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What are the different classes of service on a plane?

Airlines traditionally have three travel classes, First Class, Business Class, and Economy Class. Some airlines now have a no-frills class of service as well, typically called Basic Economy. Depending on the cabin configuration will determine how many airline fare classes are offered. Here’s a breakdown of the classes of service:

• First Class, generally the most expensive and most comfortable accommodations available.

• Business Class, high quality, traditionally purchased by business travelers (sometimes called executive class)

• Premium Economy, slightly better Economy Class seating (greater distance between rows of seats; the seats themselves may or may not be wider than regular economy class)

• Economy Class (also known as coach class or travel class), basic accommodation, commonly purchased by leisure travelers

• Basic Economy, bare bones fare; typically does no include seat selection or baggage allowance 9which must be purchased separately)