Transaero Airlines New York-Moscow Imperial Class – Flight Review

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Pouring the Dom Perignon Brut Champagne

Flight attendants in specially-designed Imperial Class uniforms were greeting passengers at the entrance to the cabin. We were presented with a leather binder –in what I began to call Imperial red – in which I found the menus for dinner and breakfast, a wine and beverage list, the beautifully laid out but Russian-language only in-flight magazine, a passenger survey, and a pen.

Each of us was briefed by one of flight attendants, which the airline calls “personal VIP service managers,” on the flight’s amenities. The briefing covered when we could dine (almost anytime we wanted), where the lavatories were and what amenities were contained therein, and what was included in the amenity kit. The personalized attention made us feel very welcome.

FLIGHT PLAN

We pushed back later than expected and were wheels up at 3:13 p.m. From JFK, we headed in a northeasterly direction over Long Island Sound overflying Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts before crossing the Gulf of Maine into Canadian airspace and over Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island. Proceeding northeasterly over the Atlantic, we assumed a more easterly heading and crossed the tip of the British Isles to enter the European mainland over Denmark. The remainder of the flight took us over Sweden, the Baltic Sea, and Latvia and into Russian airspace. We landed at 7:25 a.m., 53 minutes later than scheduled.

The author's seat, as a day bed

The author’s seat, as a day bed

SEAT COMFORT

The Imperial Class cabin is more of a salon than a section on an aircraft. On our Boeing 777, there were three rows of seats, each in a 1-2-1 configuration. Because the cabin was only half-full, the flight attendant said that they would make up a nearby seat for each of us as a bed.

The seats had tan cloth seating surfaces and rich burgundy leather trim, something I found far more comfortable than all-leather seats because the material was able to breathe. The Imperial Class logo was omnipresent and embroidered on each headrest. Each passenger received two embroidered pillows to use during the flight.

My seat extended into a bed 75” (1.9 meters) in length which was 20.5” (521 meters) wide with the armrest up or down.

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