The Moving Target

In recent years, the pointy end of the airplane has been the place airlines have made their money. It's been a land of plenty for carriers, essentially subsidizing the carriage of mere mortals back behind the curtain, those unwashed multitude in steerage. 
In recent years, the pointy end of the airplane has been the place airlines have made their money. It's been a land of plenty for carriers, essentially subsidizing the carriage of mere mortals back behind the curtain, those unwashed multitude in steerage.

Now, the equation is changing. Today, international business class is where "all of the airlines are experiencing a softening," says Julie Simpson, vice president of Caldwell Associates.

How soft? Squishy soft. Consider, the International Air Transport Association's Premium Traffic Monitor says premium traffic among the world's airlines plummeted 13.3 percent during December 2008, this compared to December 2007 figures.

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