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"But if business class passengers start migrating to the ultra-long-haul routes being opened up by Boeing and Airbus' new designs, the hubs risk becoming conduits for lower-margin mass traffic."That's exactly what will happen.Point-to-point (or closer to point-to-point) @ higher frequencies comma...
May 25, 2017, 01.53 PM / In the ultra-long haul, 'hub' airports may be left behind
I agree to a substantial extent. I think we'll see more airlines operate a dual-brand strategy with "Air Prestige" and "Air Cheapo", with the latter handling the largest volumes of price-determines-everything passengers on larger jets connected to megahubs, and the former handling the smaller vol...
May 24, 2017, 12.35 PM / No economy seats on Singapore Airlines' long-range Airbus A350
This is a good piece. Maybe Cathay will have to eat some humble pie and partner with Qantas on a Jetstar HK venture (although they probably won't). Cathay need to realize they're a premium carrier. They need smaller jets with longer ranges and higher-yield passengers. The future, basically, ...
May 22, 2017, 07.40 PM / What Singapore Airlines can teach a loss-making Cathay Pacific
This is a good move by Virgin. It addresses a demand, helps provide an equivalent to the "Economy Space Plus" product (although I wonder why Virgin used a different brand for it on domestic routes...), and will improve their margins.
May 22, 2017, 01.57 PM / Virgin Australia rolls out Economy X 'extra legroom' seats
That's unlikely because BE Apex (the product you're discussing) is relatively low in density. If anything I think we can expect the trend to be high-density-business-class, particularly in airlines that retain first class.My prediction is that Lufthansa will go for the Herringline/Optima/Pol...
May 16, 2017, 12.54 PM / Lufthansa: next-gen business class to have direct aisle access
Originally Posted by loopflyer : Will be in Melbourne area for 3 days for the first time and I would like to avoid the cookie cutter globalised big city (which is now everywhere) experience with the now ubiquitous ferris wheel, and vegan, halal, hindu, kosher, kebab, sodium light, peanut free re...
May 24, 2017, 01.25 PM / An Aussie Experience Still Possible Near Melbourne?
Originally Posted by Packetman21 : No. Why would anyone have to deal with a 17.3 inch seat with HARDLY any legroom just to save $100? Air Asia has tried (and failed) to do long haul but it just doesn't work with LCCs. Last edited by Packetman21 at May 22, 2017, 06.57 PM.Scoot does quite a bi...
May 22, 2017, 09.59 PM / New Jetstar Routes 2017/2018
"Another quarter and Virgin losing millions again while qantas domestic posting record profits. What does Virgin need to do to turn things around, and can they do it?"1. They need to simplify their fleet drastically. My personal recommendation is that they adopt one narrowbody type and one widebo...
May 20, 2017, 04.44 PM / Virgin Australia is still not making money
I flew CX recently from HKG to Brisbane. They were good. But the service is very "privacy-preserving"... most of their customers are business travellers who prefer to be left alone. So the idea is that if you need help, use the call button and then they come running.They aren't the most proactive...
Apr 21, 2017, 02.06 PM / CX Standard of service in Business Class
Originally Posted by victort : Compare this to other airlines first class (eg. QF) and this product puts the competition to shame. Time to up the game the rest of them! This is hardly at the level of any First, hard-product-wise. Its a business class. The arrangement is frankly basically BA's Cl...
Mar 09, 2017, 11.43 PM / Qatar Airways new business