Airlines 4 America, the industry lobbying group, released some interesting data on Thursday. I’ll summarize some of it here, but it is worth remembering that this data is generated by people who are paid by airlines.
In this slide, we learn that airlines — even though they have had a very profitable year by their standards — lag far behind other American industries.
Airports, including LAX, have far more secure balance sheets than airlines.
As I mentioned in a story last month, airlines are investing more money in their product than they have in a decade. It’ll be interesting to see how long this trend lasts.
For several years, airlines have been practicing “capacity discipline,” or reducing the number of seats in each market so they could make a great profit. But slowly, according to Airlines 4 America, seats are beginning to re-enter the marketplace.
In coach, how important are creature comforts to you? Do you just want the lowest fare? Or do you need to make sure you have stuff like on-demand video, in-seat power and internet?
If you like your comforts, even in coach, you might want to check out the website routehappy.com, whose slogan is “Find the happiest flight for the lowest price.” Above is a recent search for the Los Angeles to London route.
The fine folks at RouteHappy are also trying to call attention to the fact that not every airline configures its airplanes in the same way. Most importantly, on the Boeing 777, some airlines install 9 seats across, while some install 10. There’s usually no discount for flights on the more cramped 777 version, so you might as well book on the comfortable version.
Here’s what RouteHappy has to say on the matter:
Would you fly on flight No. 666 to HEL? What about on Friday the 13th?
The Guardian has a cute story on Finnair, which operated its usual Flight 666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki on Friday. That would be the 13th of September.
“It has been quite a joke among the pilots,” pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto told the newspaper. “I’m not a superstitious man. It’s only a coincidence for me.”
As we noted earlier today, Norwegian will soon enter the Los Angeles market with cheap fares (as low as $239 each way) between Los Angeles and three Scandinavian cities – Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.
But as Kai Groves, a loyal reader and blogger reminded me, Norwegian charges fees for just about everything. Kai was kind enough to create a chart showing how Norwegian’s fares between San Francisco and Helsinki compare to those offered by SAS, Finnair and Air France. In this market, Norwegian is still cheaper than the competitors, but not by as much as you might think considering how far apart the base fares are.
If you do end up flying Norwegian, Kai’s chart suggests you’re better off buying the carrier’s “bundled” services, so you don’t have to pay every fee on an a la cart basis. “DY” as you’ll see in the chart, is the airline code for Norwegian.
Read on to see the chart.
One of our editors here at the Los Angeles News Group passed along this interesting chart of airline logos throughout the years. I figured it’s perfect for the blog.
Our editor says one of the logos is incorrect. He said the logo attributed to American from 1950 to 1960 was actually retired in 1970. Is he right?
Do you see any other discrepancies?
The graphic comes courtesy of a site British website called “Just The Flight.”