Redwarf From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 52 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4065 times:
Yes, the expansion of our luxury airline friends (or foes, if you look at it that way) such as Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Emirates has produced innovations that have revolutionized and expanded air travel worldwide. Acclaim from passengers and world organizations have given these luxury airlines fame and fortune that continues to be seen today.
However, with such success comes the pressure of continuing to keep such standards in the long-term future. Will industry juggernauts such as United attempt to challenge the Virgins and SIAs that continue to gain success through first class service? Or will the luxury airlines become something greater (and bigger) that would degrade or improve its services? There are many questions that can be asked about the future of the luxury airlines. These should at least start the discussion.
Tailscraper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4017 times:
Well, as Emirates put it during their A3XX announcement "When you're at the top, what can you do? Add another floor!"
I think there is only so far you can go, in terms of innovations like showers/bedrooms etc, before comprimising the safety of the pax. if something were to go wrong, or the economic success of that airline.
I wouldn't have thought Emirates steals too many pax. off United for obvious reasons; once they start trans-atlantic services, then we'll be seeing some very aggressive competition, in terms of those airlines' overall product.
You've got to remember that even Emirates' premium class seating is not actually on par with some airlines "Sky suites" (AA/BA/SQ etc.), so they're only really a step ahead, in terms of their in-flight service.
SQ seem to have managed to compete with the "World" majors in as far as comfort/innovation/luxury are concerned the best so far.
Even they now have to do something about their Biz class seating after BA's most recent trick of putting flat beds in Club World cabins.
Prices are just getting worse though. A round-trip on BA First London-Buenos Aires is £7000+, three years ago it was £4450. Not worth the price anymore.
I think you'll find most premium pax. don't actually pay for their own tickets anymore.
Rominato From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 268 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3970 times:
I'm all for some of the newer US airlines who give the impression of being luxury airlines (as opposed to the southwest's of the world anyway). I haven't had a chance to try them yet, but have heard nothing but positives about Legend. And... for those of you who haven't tried it, Midwest Express is a delight.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8151 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3960 times:
If the Concorde is prematurely retired due to the unfortunate AF 4590 crash, then expect a major rush of airlines upgrading their First and Business Class sections of 763ER's, 772ER's, A332's, A343's, and 744's to capture the passengers that formerly used to fly on the Concorde. You'll see dramatic improvements in seating, in-flight amenities, better airport lounges and for gratis limousine ground transportation to and from airport from certain cities.