I believe NZ deserves good credit for its innovative products, such as its new premium economy product and the skycouch in economy. Also its business class continues to be very much up there and certainly competes very strongly against any US carrier.
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usdcaguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1208 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 4026 times:
Quoting Plane Holland (Reply 18): How is it possible for a US lowcost carrier to offer such great service , lightyears ahead of European lowcost carriers?
Are you referring to Southwest? They aren't really a LCC anymore. Many of their staff are paid more than those at other carriers, and the only thing different about their model is that they have an abundance of point-to-point service, don't have assigned seats, bag fees, a first class cabin or interline agreements. The rest is the same, including ticket prices, which are sometimes more expensive than at "legacy" carriers. Ryanair, Easyjet, Transavia, etc. charge far, far less than Southwest for their flights (less than EUR100 a flight is the norm) but then have a multitude of auxiliary fees. The only thing we have close to the European LCCs in this country are Spirit and Allegiant, who are far from stellar and would likely never win a Conde Nast award.
Interesting. All airlines that I would rank highly. From your link:
United States Airlines
VIRGIN AMERICA, 79.6
JETBLUE AIRWAYS, 68.8
HAWAIIAN AIRLINES, 61.0
ALASKA AIRLINES, 49.9
SOUTHWEST AIR LINES, 49.3
FRONTIER AIRLINES, 49.3
DELTA AIR LINES, 40.7
AIRTRAN AIRLINES, 37.7
UNITED AIRLINES, 33.6
AMERICAN AIRLINES, 31.6
I'm sad to see AA so low. The first half of 2012 they were EXCELLENT! Not so much since then.
What is VX doing to rank so high? In particular versus B6 (whom I just booked a ticket with tonight)? Is the front cabin that important?
Quoting JOYA380B747 (Reply 16): Quoting bestwestern (Reply 15):
Virgin America is like Kingfisher of India
Hope VX doesn't drown in debt like the latter....
Does VX have that much debt? I know they have lost money, but I believe the investors have continued to fund them. Now, the investors might have debt, but that is not the same as VX having that debt...
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