I've been fortunate enough to have had a similar experience on several occasions. I agree there is a wold of difference between the airline classes, but remember when discussing the 1%, many of 1% would never be caught dead traveling on shabby commercial airlines, they often have their own private jets. The difference is even greater then you imagine.
The times I've flown internationally in Business and First class. First class is even more luxurious. These have been very enjoyable experiences, huge fully reclining seats, great food, personal movie players with huge selections, unlimited booze, even complimentary socks and eye mask. I couldn't touch the seat in front of me even if I stretch my legs as far as they could go. Ever need attended to right away and with a smile. I always arrived wherever I was traveling calm and refreshed, ready to go. The private lounges, a separate line with no waiting for check-in, and treatment at the airports was vastly different as well.
The times I've flown internationally in coach were the exact opposite experience. Small, cramped, over-crowded seats with limited ability to recline. Very limited food/snacks/drinks. Almost impossible to get any service from the airline staff. I felt more like a package in transport then a passenger. I always arrived frazzled and exhausted and had to crash and sleep off the travel experience.
The experiences couldn't be more different. Of course this obvious gap doesn't just pertain to flying, it also pertains to health care, hotels, restaurants, law enforcement, the list is virtually endless. The rich live an entirely different life then the rest of us. Of course this isn't really discussing how many of the 1%'s travel, they are in an entirely different class, many of them travel in their own private jets. You think commercial airline business class is luxurious, check out first class, you think first class is luxurious then fly on a private jet. Having your own private jet is a world apart and so far beyond anything on a commercial airline that it isn't even in the same category.