Trident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1735 times:
bmibaby has become the first low cost airline to offer advanced seat selection on all its flights. About 60% of seats will be available for advanced selection, with the remaining being held by bmibaby for check-in on the day. Exit row seats will continue to be charged at £15 per sector on a first come, first served basis at check-in.
Great news from bmibaby and I'm sure this will give it a competitive edge.
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19466 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1672 times:
They charge an additional £15 per leg for an exit-row seat? Gees, that's £30 for a return trip, which could be equal to - or more than - the actual airfare. Talk about milking the public. Still, if they want more legroom, they'll pay it.
"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
ACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 678 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1663 times:
I think its actually a very good marketing tool, and I say that even as an employee of a competitor. We will see how it goes, but I imagine it may make the turnaround a little bit longer as pasengers block the aisle to trying to get tp thier allocated seat.
Demoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1648 times:
ACERegular, bmibaby already allocate all passengers their seat when you check-in so the boarding procedure will take no longer than it does currently. Suprising that they don't charge for this new seat selection service like so many airlines in the UK do, but it certainly creates some good PR.
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 41
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1536 times:
This is a very good move by bmibaby. They have needed to find something to set them apart from the other LCC's and this is a good, cheap to implement idea.
Having sampled LCC's which offer allocated seating and those that don't, I have to say that I much prefer the allocated seat arrangement. Flying FR with their free-for-all seating during a midweek flight when there is a higher business clientele is one thing, but when I've also travelled FR at a weekend its amazing how many rude people there are ready to barge others out of the way.
Allocated seating if possible for me please! And if I can choose my seat for free, in advance, then all the better.