When flying abroad, it is often suggested that business travelers book seats in business or first class, particularly given the likelihood that airlines may leave economy class passengers stranded.
Having traveled on developing world airlines throughout the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, in the event of mechanical breakdowns or weather-related delays and cancellations, often when executives are on a tight travel schedule, booking flights in business class or first class may be the only way to ensure timetables are met.
Although rarely are economy passengers placed on onward flights on competing airlines, invariably, first class and business class passengers ARE, given the costs they pay for premium tickets.
Although some employers may balk at language justifying first class or business class on airlines, where the traveler is on a tight schedule, all senior executives fully understand that critical meetings must be attended or contracts will not be signed, agreements negotiated or documents delivered.
And no intermediary wants to face a CEO's wrath when a critical meeting is missed.