EasyJet and ‘Business Class’ are not what you expect to find next to each other in a sentence, but it could be happening as part of a wider push to create loyalty which includes a new loyalty scheme. EasyJet already has three products, confusingly easyJet Plus both refers to the onboard ‘upgraded’ product and the easyJet Plus Card which for a yearly subscription gives access … Continue reading Could EasyJet introduce ‘Business Class’?
It should come as no surprise that JetBlue are launching service to London, the worst kept secret in the airline and travel industry, after several years of speculation. Yes, I did call it that the announcement would be small, forced by the need to convert orders to the A321LR from the regular neo, along with regulatory filings which would have have given the game away. … Continue reading Mint to the Core…
People often ask me why they should book with a travel agent, when booking online is cheaper. Its the same as people asking me if I do ‘deals’, in which my response is no, I ‘do’ holidays. Neither is it the case that travel agents should be cheaper as there is so much more than the average person sees from the outside, and very rarely … Continue reading Cheaper doesn’t mean better
It has been a few days since the announcement that a consortium which includes Virgin Atlantic and the Stobart Group disclosed they are to purchase flyBe. While not unexpected following a bid last year, the price they are expected to pay is and there in lies a problem. Flybe have been in trouble for a while. It can be traced back to the early 2000’s … Continue reading My take on flyBe/Virgin/Stobart – ‘A little less convolution, a little more action please’
There has already been a backlash following the ‘cuts’ imposed by British Airways, likened to the kind of service you would get with a low-cost carrier, but in reality, it is an airline keeping a competitive advantage in multiple markets. Yes, the shift to buy-on-board food on domestic and European flights for those in economy wasn’t exactly greeted with open arms. I had a different … Continue reading The next shift in keeping costs low
Britain has a history of small challenger airlines, beating against the door of the establishment and opening new markets. We have seen these come and go over the years – British Caledonian/Caledonian, British Midland, Air UK and Air Europe, all household names at points in time. In several industries, most notably in banking, new challengers are appearing with a fresh outlook based upon service and … Continue reading The UK deserves a ‘challenger airline’
Those who know me would say that I wouldn’t miss type opportunity to look around the facilities of an airline. So, that is exactly what I did, thanks to Thomas Cook Airlines at Manchester Airport, the main base of the airline in the UK. You might think that it really isn’t a ‘proper’ airline, stuck in the 80’s and 90’s of the traditional ‘charter airline’, … Continue reading Behind the Scenes at Thomas Cook Airlines