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No Frills Airlines

Fri Dec 03, 1999 1:31 am

I have heard about these low-cost airline operating all over the world , in Europe I've heard about Virgin Express from Belgium or Go Fly from UK. While in Japan we have Skymark airlines. I'd like to know about these airlines andd would you think they're safe or not , they probably all operate short flights so I don't think there should be anything to worry about on all the add-ons
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RE: No Frills Airlines

Fri Dec 03, 1999 2:43 am

I think many no-frills airlines are pretty safe. For example, Southwest Airlines here in the US has a very good safety record, while maintaining a quick turnaround time for its flights and providing passengers with inexpensive transportation. Of course, there are the airlines such as ValueJet was, which cut costs not only in frills but in maintenance and safety. I think it depends on the airline's aircraft and management where safety is concerned. Mostly, if looking for a cheap way to get from point A to point B, I would check with the less expensive, short-hop, no-frills carriers and would not hesitate to fly with them.
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RE: No Frills Airlines

Fri Dec 03, 1999 2:49 am

Southwest is a no-frills airline and their safety record is very close to, if not perfect. Westjet is also almost perfect up here in Canada. It all depends on who services the planes too.
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RE: No Frills Airlines

Fri Dec 03, 1999 4:02 am

The Valujet crash caused a lot of people in America to be wary of the "no frills" airline concept. They must not know that Southwest has gone since 1971 without a passenger fatality, being by far the safest airline in the world over the last 30 years.

I'm still trying to find out what the difference in a "no-frills" airline is. Out of Chicago, where I live, most of the "big" airlines have matched (or even underpriced) Southwest's and Airtran's fares on overlapping routes! The coach service is the same on both kinds of airlines. What's the difference?
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RE: No Frills Airlines

Sun Dec 05, 1999 12:51 am

There's only a low-cost airline here called "Angel Airline".. they are however , not frill-less... they serv hot meal on all flights... including domestic
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RE: No Frills Airlines

Sun Dec 05, 1999 2:33 am

Virgin Express of Belgium have no-frill services on
most flights except some charters where catering
is offered !! About technical aspects, well it should
be right just because we haven't heard about a bad
"trip". I agree with Ilyushin96M, it depends on which
company you choose for your travel...ValueJet was
a very bad one !!!!!


RE: No Frills Airlines

Mon Dec 06, 1999 1:17 am

If you want to go to Florida, there is Metrojet (US Airways), and Delta Express.
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RE: No Frills Airlines

Mon Dec 06, 1999 8:30 am

In Europe, the best no frills airline is EasyJet. They offer great service and new planes and fly into major airports in Europe. Webpage is


SQ always my 1st choice

RE: No Frills Airlines

Mon Dec 06, 1999 8:34 am

It seems to me that Southwest's reputation as a no-frills airline is HIGHLY overrated. Every time I go to book other carriers beat Southwest's fares by at least $150 and I don't have to make 3 stops to get where I want to go at boring airports like Houston Hobby or Dallas Love Field.

I've noticed this is true of both Delta Express and Metrojet? Has anyone else noticed this?

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