Thought for the day…”If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.”
“Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” (Margaret Thatcher).
When I was 16 years old, I would always shop around for the cheapest (as students do), with little thought for quality or service. But now it is the opposite. I cannot understand why Ryanair (which is so often on the internet or newspapers for cancelling flights or upsetting passengers) is still in business. There are so many people who will automatically go for the cheapest airline ticket, with no thought about quality or service. Ryanair can upset thousands of passengers, yet still makes large profits. When an airline upsets me (and many have) then they lose my business for good. I vote with my feet. Plenty of airlines out there, and those that mistreat passengers do not deserve business. But why do people keep flying with Ryanair? Cheap is not always good. Service costs money to provide, but by paying more, you can often avoid problems. Airlines such as Singapore Airlines are not the cheapest, but the service levels and reliability (and inflight experience) are FAR better. If more people voted with their feet then average service levels would go up, as airlines such as Ryanair and Air Asia would be out of business. Same thing with the airlines who are now putting 10 across seats into their Boeing 777 aircraft. If more people refused to fly on these cramped aircraft then the airlines would be forced to go back to 9 across. But too many people want the CHEAPEST. But some of us are saying no, and are voting with our feet/money.
A photo from Aruba, in the Southern Caribbean for the photo today..
and another photo from the archives…beautiful coastline around Antigua, Caribbean……
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RESPECT, CONSIDERATION & FAIRNESS
Thought for the day…”The secret of getting ahead is getting started”
“Some people are like clouds. When they go away, it is a brighter day”.
Back on one of my favourite topics..airlines. I see in the news that British Airways (BA) have become the latest airline to increase the number of seats in its aircraft. The Boeing 777 will go to 10-across seating (currently 9) and the total number of seats will go up from 280 to 332. The Airbus A320 will have more seats, up from 168 today to 180, and the Airbus A321 will go from 205 today to a new high of 218 seats. So BA has also chosen 10 across seating for the 777. And to make matters even worse, they are removing 2 or 3 toilets from economy class as well. More passengers but fewer toilets. Since SWISS airlines also introduced 10-across seating on the 777s, then I have avoided them, as the reports online about airlines who use 10 across seating have been far from positive. Not only are passengers being squeezed width-wise, but also leg-wise as well. Lufthansa’s new Airbus aircraft will actually have LESS leg room than Ryanair, and again the intial reports from passengers have been negative. And more of the legacy airlines are introducing charges for food onboard (eg. BA from January) as well as charges for checked-in baggage. All this begs the question, why pay more to fly with the legacy airlines when the service levels are less?
Today’s photo comes from northern Norway. Honningsvag in wonderful autumn light…..
and another photo from the archives….landing at Funchal, Madeira……
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