We test flights with different people. A new setup is being created right now.
We will setup a travelteam, that can judge the flights with the comparison's of a special check list with over 300 questions. Now we fly with 5 people and hopefully we will have over 1.000 Frequent Flyers reporting the check list back to us. Our site will soon be joined by another major one and the setup will be great. Can't tell you much on that one right now but hope that the new site will be online in the first week of January.
All the flights in the report are judged as well with that same list, so we have checked all the options. About the food, we looked for choice of Food, Quality of the food, Appearance of the food, Temperature of the food, Enjoyment of the food, Selection of the wines, Quality of the wine, Presentation/attractiveness of the plates. trays etc etc, If you received your first Choice, making it possible to eat or drink when you wanted, how the food was served any many more items. So not only the taste was important.
The same was done with the check in , business lounge, Boarding and Departure, Cabin environment, Seating, Cabin crew, IFE,
If you work with a check list you can very well get a good opinion about the service given by an airline.
If everything is online I will let you now and the frequent flyer can do what they ever wanted and that is to report the quality of an airline.
What do you mean with real press work?
Qep is a large magazine in Holland for the travel industry.
Pressclub is doing another kind of Journalism, but that is not fair to say that I am not doing REAL press work, because every kind of publication is presswork.
Because Pressclub was not amused that VG started and said that it never could work is maybe a pre judgment by a Belgium Journalist.
Written by Pressclub: "I was never optimistic about VG and am neutral towards SNBA and all other airlines"
I am from Holland and stayed neutral towards VG airlines and Freddy van Gaever. I didn't agree with many things, but I still thought that they could have made a good start. I believe the problem in Belgium with the aviation industry is: they don't want any competition with the partners. That is why in Holland even the KLM is maybe not helping Air Holland but they don't fight against Air Holland. If the KLM would say today: we don't want Air Holland to fly then Air Holland is finished and Dutchbird as well. Because KLM will offer such low prices with Martinair and Transavia that the other two can't keep up.
When Freddy started VG it took such a long time before he got his AOC. I liked they way Freddy it did and that showed that he got balls. Not very diplomatic how he did it, but the way he did was great. As soon as the friend from the government joined VG Airlines: read Freddy van Dijck, the AOC was in within a couple of days. Many researches have unveiled that Belgium is a very corrupt country. You all should be proud that a government in Belgium is being able to make sure that VG airlines never had the change to make a good start. It was better to put lots of money into Sabena and make sure that friends of the government got good positions within Sabena.
I also believe that the journalism in Belgium should have reported different about VG, and that Pressclub could have stayed neutral against VG as well.
I still hope that Air Holland will survive because a bit of competition is great.
I hope they Belgium people will have the same attitude as the Dutch in the future and that they have learned from Sabena and VG Airlines. No competition means higher prices.