Anyone who is a regular reader here knows that I continue to shake my head over the lack of fiscal accountability in setting fares, and instead nickeling and diming passengers to death.
Many carriers have added a fuel surcharge fee, supposedly a temporary fee to help offset the high price of oil. Well excuse me! But haven't we had high oil prices for awhile now? (And yes, I realized what was once considered "high" is probably now seen as a bargain.) Do airline executives really think this is temporary?
Just raise the damn price folks! Let me know what it's really going to cost right up front. Don't tease me with those bargain fares, and then jack up the price with add-on fees.
Call me crazy, if you must, but is there anyone who thinks this is a good business decision:
According to Terry Trippler of Cheapseats, it now costs $103,400 to fuel up a Boeing 747-400 for a flight to Asia. That costs represents an increase in over $48,000 from two years ago. If you factor that out for a FULL aircraft (408 seats typically, depending on precise configuration), the fuel alone averages out to $253 per person, one-way.
Then, of course, there are other costs: labor, gate charges, executive and administrative costs for running the company, and oh yeah, the aircraft costs itself.
Mr. Trlippler had recently paid $227, one-way, not including taxes, for a Northwest flight from Detroit to Tokyo. Not even enough to pay for the fuel!!!
Is it any wonder Northwewst is in Bankruptcy?
Is it any wonder why the entire industry is generally in the toilet?
PUHLEEZE -- when are people going to get realistic about what it costs to fly?
Via The Airline Hub