Thought for the day…”It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.”
“The less you talk, the more you’re listened to.”
More evidence of how bad things are getting for Economy Class passengers. SWISS airlines have now announced that on routes to/from Geneva GVA, that passengers on the cheapest economy tickets will now only get free water. Gone are the (included) meals and tea/coffee for those travelling on the cheapest fares. So given that SWISS airlines are using aircraft such as the Airbus A320, the same as some budget/Low cost carriers (LCC) are using then what is the point of paying extra money to fly with SWISS airlines?? Seats and interiors are very similar, and both are going for a buy-on-board system, flight times are very similar, and increasingly, departure and arrival airports are the same. So the legacy carriers believe that people will continue to pay higher prices for the same service as on a budget airline? Not me for one. Airline managers may have looked to the USA and have been inspired by what airlines there have been able to get away with, but I am drawing the line now. With SWISS airlines announcing these cuts to basic economy tickets (not to mention the devaluing of the frequent flyer points system), I may end up flying a budget airline such as Wizzair in future. No point to pay more money for the same service. At least the budget airlines do not try and pretend that they are full service airlines. Swiss airlines have gone too far with the latest cuts.
A black & white for for the picture today, one from Iceland taken in 2005.
and another photo from the archives…early morning on the lakefront in Pembroke, South Island, New Zealand.
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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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