Why is it that we need to fly from A to B in such a rush? Why do we need to cram 300, 400 + pax into an aircraft. Economics? I can see that is a 'modern' necessity. But is it what the average holiday flyer wants?
When I sail to France, that is part of the trip and is enjoyed at it's leisurely pace. A few beers and relaxation is a good start to 'my' holiday.
The other side of the coin is arriving at an airport. Queues, security (needed)
checks, re-checks and now finger printing. We may now be weighed. (Don't make jokes about guns, knives etc)
I've flown with the RAF (Beverley, Hastings, Brittannias, Andovers, VC10 etc)
The most pleasure I found was in the Beverley. Flying to Malta it seemed to take 3 years. Stopping at Istres in France on the way. We flew at 9000' in this unpressurised beauty. Being allowed into the cockpit I was amazed to see the pilot eating a Mars bar. Hands off flying. Unforgettable. Fly out and follow the oil slick back
The point of my post is, why do we need to increase capacity/speed? I would rather fly at 9000' in an aircraft doing 250 - 300 MPH with a maximum of say 70-100 pax than be stuck in some 'modern' sweat box with a load of raucious pax celebrating the fact that they're 'off the ground' and they can drink onboard and, spend the next blur weeks doing the same.
Sorry for the long post. If I'm in the wrong group (I don't think I am) again, my apologies.
Your thoughts, more than welcome. Cheers