Although fewer airline seats are allotted for first class and business class travel, these seats account for about three times more in airline revenues vs. other classes of airline seats. This, according to statistics provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The following provides a breakdown of premium traffic and revenue as a percentage of the total for first class and business class tickets:

Region Percent* Revenues Percent*
Africa 7.5% Africa 24.4%
Asia 6.5% Asia 18.4%
Australasia 7.5% Australasia 22.0%
Central America 8.0% Central America 14.4%
Europe 7.6% Europe 26.5%
Middle East 7.6% Middle East 32.3%
North America 6.6% North America 22.7%
South America 8.2% South America 20.3%
Global 7.1% Global 22.7%

* Based on data from January 2008 to October 2008 (one way traffic) from one region to another and within a region.
Source: IATA.