OK, let me once again post my standard reply to this topic, since the new search engine won't let me dig out the 500 earlier threads about the very same topic.
1. It is only economically sensible to install PTV's in eco if the return of investment is positive.
2. Travel surveys have indicated that regular eco travellers will choose their airline about fare price and safety, maybe also number of connections, network and travel time.
3. Airliners.net members are not like the regular travel public
, because they tend to get carried away with their airline fetish thingy.
Therefore they care more about unneccessary gizmos like the regular dude, who is just happy to ride safely and relatively comfortably across the pond for a good price.
4. If you are whining that you can't survive a longhaul flight without a postcard size in front of you, then you should probably ask yourself if you'd be willing to pay the 30-40 Euro more for your ticket, which would make it economically sensible for LH to install PTV's in peasant class
5. PTV's don't make or break a good airline
. I'd rather fly an economically stable airline, which doesn't cut corners in maintenance and with happy employees, but without PTV'S than the other way around.
6. Sabena and Swissair had PTV's, but they went bust. LH
doesn't have PTV's in eco, and they are still one of the financially most viable airlines in the world. Surprisingly? Methinks not. Which proves once again, that a.net whiners (no offense guys, this is all tongue-in-cheek) are not the decisive factor when it comes to the demographic mix of eco passengers.
7. Do you have a postcard-size screen in your car, in the train or in the bus in front of you? Did you survive these ordeals? See...
8. I do not work for LH
, neither do I like my "national carrier" very much. However, they are very clever guys when it comes to economics.
Sorry, but I just can't stand whining like "Oh, help me God, I am in such pain if I don't have a tiny TV
screen in front of me all the time!"
P.S.: I like PTV's, but would certainly not pay more for them.
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!