Is everyone who uses this forum in the aviation industry and hence oblivious to reality??? Or am I missing something?
Aer Lingus service has been crap for the last 10 years or more!! Never understood how they survived - what with a poor product, unhelpful and unfriendly staff who for the best part were underworked and overpaid and a 'like it or leave it' approach to passengers.
9/11 was just one additional nail in the coffin! Ryanair taught the Irish traveling public just how much we were being ripped off and it taught Aer Lingus how to survive!
Membership of oneworld was a mistake, as either Star Alliance or Sky Team would have have been a much better fit for what is a niche carrier. True Aer Lingus was expecting a saviour (in BA
) BUT instead of asking what did Aer Lingus bring to oneworld ask what did oneworld get out of it - a safe back door for BA
would be the obvious answer (slots at Heathrow)!!!!!
No doubt TAB
was a poor man's attempt at a FFP! And yes the oneworld partner points were super pathetic and endless asking for explanations from Aer Lingus or oneworld were ignored! And this remains one of my biggest hits against oneworld - poor partner points!!
It just maybe that now Aer Lingus has a product that they can work with and we, the passengers, can understand! I know what I am getting and the price I will get it at!! There are now base standards for service, standard cabin layout and a more realistic FFP. The question is now if oneworld still need Aer Lingus?
Recently Aer Lingus reduced its Transatlantic Premier by 50%! Reason given was reflection of it's move to a more user friendly carrier!! I can live with that white lie - truth is better to lower the fares, still make money and not have to bring the premium cabin up to international standards!! Nothing wrong with the Premier service just outdated in comparison to the opposition on the routes!!!
I would question the idea floated above that Aer Lingus is no longer a fit for the other oneworld 'high end' carriers!! It's the 'high end' idea I have a problem with! Define 'high end' and in oneworld you will find some startling differences! Legacy Swissair first class, in Europe, was high end and no other carrier came close! Everything since has been a variation but never the real thing! There are too few consistencies with in the alliances to make them anything more than monopolistic self serving arrangements!
Willie Walsh has achieved a remarkable turnaround but with the assistance of the staff! He now needs the Irish Government to make some serious decisions concerning future ownership of the carrier!! But Aer Lingus has changed and maybe for the better!!!
Just my thoughts