I will†vote for†a broken airline†system.
Thinking about a recent NY Times article by Lisa Galst entitled ďRewarded for Flying Coach” makes me smile as I write this.
What is the world coming to when you have to pay your employees extra for the misery of riding in the back of the aircraft in the cheap seats as opposed to booking the more comfy seats up front? Sounds like hazardous duty pay to me.
I have never heard any of our clients having to incentivize their employees to take a flight on a private aircraft. In fact it is sometimes the other way around. Last week when talking to one of our good clients he was telling me that he uses the flights he books to see his clients as a morale booster for his employees. Those who travel with him are excited about the experience and when they get back to the office everyone else hears about how cool it was.
With all that is happening in the airline industry:
- reduced capacity resulting in high load factors which equals crowded airplanes
- oversold flights and increases in denied boarding
- cancellations due to the new tarmac rules
- a la carte fees for everything the ticket no longer buys you
Is it†any surprise that people just donít want to do this anymore?
And the federal government has the idea that they can step in and solve the problem with legislation to make it against the law to provide bad service.
Private aviation and business aviation are sitting on a gold mine of opportunity.
What if these companies took the money they are spending to incentivize their employees to fly coach and used it to fly more in private aircraft? †They would get happier employees and gain a lot of productivity by not sending them through a hub that is cheaper to save a buck.†Besides, with business aviation†there is no such thing as routing through a hub. Its all point to point.