Monday, November 03, 2008
I enjoyed this commercial, but I agree with another blogger I follow, King Kaufman, that if roadies ran the airlines, flights would routinely be hours late. Passengers would sit there having no idea what was going on. Alcohol sales would probably go through the roof, though, and nobody would complain later to management.
I guess I'm prejudiced since I work within the industry, and I know flying has become a huge hassle from what it once was...but it does seem to be an industry people love to hate. My airline isn't perfect...I don't think any of them are...but everyone I work with works hard at their job, and we try to run a good on time operation as much as we can.
As for airfares, I know that the price of oil has been dropping. This doesn't mean the price of plane tickets will drop overnight. I know nothing about how fares are set but I do know it took YEARS for fare increases and schedule reductions to happen once the price of oil started climbing in the early 2000's, so I don't expect fares to drop overnight now.
This is all just from an informed layman perspective, you understand. I have nothing to do with setting fares in my job, although people sometimes ask me about them when they find out what I do. Actually, when people find out I work for the airlines, it's probably the second most common question I get. (Most common question: Oh, so are you a pilot?)
Anyhow, I'll get off my soapbox for tonight. In spite of the economy, I hope that everyone who wants to is able to travel to visit loved ones for the holidays, be it by plane or by car. And if you're flying, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that delays are reduced and things go more smoothly this year, since there are fewer planes flying right now after all the airlines reduced their schedules this fall.