B727fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 300 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2810 times:
So here we were all gathered around on Christmas Eve, and of course politics somehow gets into our discussions. My cousin insists that we were better off in the 80s, and he used the airline industry as an example! Bigger Jets etc...as one the basis of his argument!
That made me think of a question and that is:
How were airlines profitable (those who are still around) utilizing "bigger jets" on routes that are served with small express jets these days?
Must be something in the eggnog ! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all
Highflier92660 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 673 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2420 times:
There probably was something to be said about the comforts of air travel pre-Alfred Kahn. Cities like Cleveland, Ohio had wide body DC-10 service to the west coast and passengers from Boston to California back in the 70's never had to experience technical stops enroute for additional fuel in the winter; TWAs L-1011 could cover BOS-LAX at .83 mach without breathing hard.
Since regulation, as opposed to de-regulation, meant the airlines competed primarily in service rather than pricing, First Class passengers back then were treated to "personal sprawl space" and wined and dined with gourmet meals aboard transcontinental Boeing 747s. Today there are probably some evil airline bean counters who are devising a method of transferring all mainline jets to higher yield international service and creating all regional jet (excuse the oxymoron) domestic service using airline employees at fast food salaries. Evil bean counters mental note: do an end around the scope clause with 50 passenger jets and call to see if Embraer can come up with an ERJ-145 XXLR for the transcontinental routes.