RE: new AMS service
I think this is - like quite a few of this particular's airlines moves - a wise one. Judging from the amount of Dutch talking I have hard on AB
flights out of DUS
, the airline must already be well known at least in the border regions of the Netherlands. In fact, AB
not only offers their website in Dutch, but also the printed timetable (yes, they still have those despite being "low cost") has a special section for their Dutch and Belgian customers. Therefore, AB
is not plunging into a new, unknown market - I suppose that their brand is already well established as a low cost option at least in parts of the Netherlands.
RE: AB service in general
I am currently travelling a lot on AB
both for business and private purposes. In fact, within the last 18 months, I have accrued more than 60.000 miles on their frequent flyer program. Yes, they have one of those, and it is also a very generous one, offering among other things, a free flight coupon every 15.000 miles (and this includes all taxes and fees which still have to be paid when redeeming a so-called free flight on "quality carriers" like Craphansa).
Their on-board service can only be described as friendly and of good quality for an Economy Class product - free soft drinks and a snack or warm meal (depending on flight length), free newspapers and magazines, and you can either select your seat upon check-in or upon booking, so you don't have to stampede onboard like on one of those Ryanair cattle flights.
Also, their telephone hotline has been very supportive and friendly during all my enquiries.
Therefore our Dutch friends have really won an asset, which is, despite being billed "low cost", light-years ahead of Ryaanair, Easyjets and the likes.
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!