The younger members will scoff, but I thought it might be fun for the old fogies around here to wax elequent about experiences they had that will never bve repeated because of the cost cuts, route changes, and general decline of standards of airlines. I will start with these: 1. Air France first class in mid-1980's, ORD to CDG, sure the seats did not lie flat, but I will never forget the purser coming down the aisle with the hand carved chateaubriand, getting one our, rejecting at as he shought it was substandard, and going to get the extra one they had in reserve; 2. AA in the 1980's LAX to SYD, at that time the world's longest scheduled flight. In First Class as well; 3. TWA in 1972 from IAD to CDG, then on to Rome. Sure I was in coach, but it was my first TATL flight.