BestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7313 posts, RR: 57 Posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2391 times:
There is an extract from a new book on Michael O'leary in todays Sunday Times, which provides and excellent overview of the early days at the airline... one paragraph demands attention
The crisis stemmed from O’Neill’s [former CEO] dash for growth....... O’Leary could see that O’Neill’s expansion strategy was putting the airline on course to self-destruct. “They were opening routes left, right and centre. The route network was nuts,” he says.
History has a habit of repeating itself. This to me sounds very familiar to whats happening today at Globespan. Just as Ryanair flew from every airport in Ireland to the UK, Globespan has 16 origination points in the UK and Ireland this summer (of which only four have any sort of density needed to ensure schedule integrity). Globespan should consolidate on Scotland and the North of England next summer, and provide a route network that enables them to operate as advertised.
Sevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1712 times:
GSM remind me a bit of BD a few years back - in that nothing seems to make sense. I'm surprised of the flights to Exeter. Perhaps there is people in Exeter wanting to fly to YHM - but not to have the choice of holiday duration (ie you must stay one/two/three weeks) is a little inconvenient. Same for most of the UK destinations. And even then if you are flying from STN, you need to stop somewhere, which adds to the journey time. Plus the lack of equipment too. And then there is the MME base too! I hope they can succeed where BMIBaby failed. Maybe for the transatlantic they need to have just a small handful of UK destinations and then develop in a sustained manner. But for now, it is a mess - some other parts of the entire network are pretty screwed up.
Also, does anyone know why you loose a foot of legroom in Business class in Winter when flying to SFB? Is this because they switch to a 757? They are also getting rid of thrift/low frills in economy and just having the premium service which is now offered and business.