|Quoting spr773 (Reply 12):|
Well on the domestic front the sad demise of KF has made it good for all the rest who are there. AI and 9W are the full carriers who are there in the game. Domestically AI has improved and have a lot of scope to be the top carrier with having 787s and a young 772/3 fleet. They have to cut costs and they will be "Maharajahs" once again.
An "improvement" at AI
should be taken in context. Having received yet another (amongst many) bailouts from the government, AI
has become semi-functional again in the domestic market. However, its operations are not sustainable as it had done very little to cut its overhead costs. The chances of that happening are pretty much nil. To the top level, it is run by management that is subservient to the political class. Even if its management had the best of intentions and was staffed by the world's brightest, it would still be hamstrung by politics.
At the bottom end, you have the public employee unions who are pretty much guaranteed life time employment. Why should they even have to pretend to work?!
|Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 8):|
These sound more like "AI/GoI staff favored vacation destinations" than actual business-driven "former stations." Really? MAD/BCN-India when not one carrier is on those routes? You think BA/IB would have let those slip through the crack if they thought they could make a few pounds there? What a joke..
LOL. If this happens, we can expect another bailout request even sooner than expected.
|Quoting aeroblogger (Reply 2):|
Regarding SkyTrax, all the rankings are bullsh*t. A better way to compare relative quality of airlines is to read trip reports. For example, for Air India, there are these trip reports:
Given that Aeroblogger is an employee or a paid stooge of AI
, we should really take his subjective opinions of his employer very seriously. A quick scan of the AI
and India threads will tell you that AI
's customer service track record is worse than crap, even today. Inspite of all the protections and aid, AI
's domestic market share in India has gone down the toilet. I consider the Skytrak reviews to be legitimate, though the sample size is too small to be statistically valid. Still, I would avoid AI
if I had a choice. AI
is pretty much avoided for corporate travel due to its unreliability and poor customer service. Low price coupled with bad service will only take you so far (which in this case, is not very far!)