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What are everyones views? Is this putting corporate greed before passengers safety?
Is this a PR disaster, or do people not care if the price is right?5 Aug 2020
cwoodwardParticipant5 Aug 2020
[quote quote=1005895]Is this a PR disaster, or do people not care if the price is right?[/quote]
Or just knowing your target audience and adapting to the environment you find yourself in ……
More and more i wonder if the American approach might inadvertently be the only effective ( Global) solution left.
Like fighting a wild fire, allow it to burn itself out regardless of the consequences5 Aug 2020
Will this happy situation at Jet Blue last beyond October 15 ?
To promote physical distancing, we’re blocking middle seats thru 10/15 on our larger planes (and most aisle seats on our smaller planes), except for those traveling together. Learn more: https://t.co/b85FfIoJsW pic.twitter.com/FtZqM5PZGJ
— JetBlue (@JetBlue) August 5, 20205 Aug 2020
Is it not a dictum that business will always seek the most economical path towards profit? If this is so, airlines will test the boundaries of what is acceptable to consumers, I guess. (I do not think as a capitalist would, so you may need to correct me.)
To me, it is further erosion: first routes, then staff, then service, now safety; all under an increase in fares. I can’t give an analysis based on the industry, but from a consumer’s point of view, airlines will look after their business model first, then tailor it to those with the capacity to pay, ensuring revenue. Passengers will only supplement the core reason to put planes back in the air, freight, for the next however long. I suspect the airlines have already hit the reset button, and we’ll be seeing major changes to how we are allowed to fly over the next five years or so. The Golden Age of air travel is long gone.5 Aug 2020
[quote quote=1005964]s it not a dictum that business will always seek the most economical path towards profit? If this is so, airlines will test the boundaries of what is acceptable to consumers, I guess. (I do not think as a capitalist would, so you may need to correct me.)[/quote]
[quote quote=1005964]and we’ll be seeing major changes to how we are allowed to fly over the next five years or so. The Golden Age of air travel is long gone.[/quote]
I’d have to disagree with you regarding your first point. For years now airlines have eroding their relationship with us , pushing the tolerance envelope until we accept the deterioration in personal space, the decline in catering standards, the corrosion of experiential experiences towards a more transactional approach. Emphasised by ancillary fees thrust upon us at every opportunity .
I’d happily accept it from Ryanair and other LCC’s , because that’s their model….. but
BA, KLM, Air Canada , Lufthansa, Air France and on and on …
Well before we heard the phrase the new norm, airlines and to be fair other service providers have stressed our patience to their money grabbing schemes .
Covid just gives them an excuse to stress us even further !6 Aug 2020
Surely this is down to the market.
If enough travellers decide this is a risk too much then the airline will lose business and income. After all no-one is forced to get on a plane and fly. On the other hand many Americans don’t seem concerned about Covid (as reflected in the numbers)….time will tell whether herd immunity will be the better outcome longer term.
As for declines in standards, space etc, well isn’t that the price you pay for ticket prices as low as they have every been in real terms? Personally I don’t have a problem with unbundling (if travelling with a briefcase on a short flight why would I subsidise someone who needs 20kg of baggage and a dedicated seat?) and undeniably the LOCO model has brought international travel to people that would have been priced out 20 years ago.6 Aug 2020