Firstly, I'll accept the fact that you appear to have much more knowledge & experience than I do, being 19.
Secondly, I apologise if you felt you were being patronised by myself. I wasn't trying to be.
I am certainly not mixing my emotions with economics, and the fact that I am aspiring to work for BA has absolutely no bearing/is irrelevant to this entire thread.
"but until they downsize the economy cabin on a 747 to 30 seats I won't believe they are in the business of turning away people with smaller budgets".
You don't beleive
. Do you accept the fact that your belief might be different to the FACTS?? Besides, BA aren't quite turning away Economy pax, but limiting their presence on their a/c.
"There are as many people within a 75 mile radius of Manchester as there are within the same radius of central London (UK population census 1991." etc. etc....
Yes, but are they all potential money earners for BA???
"Where do you get the idea that anyone flying in economy is "bucket and spade."
By Bucket & Spade I meant to imply people travelling on B&S fares
. I am well aware Business travellers fly Y class. These pax are not BA's main concern.
Sorry, I don't resort to writing "nonsense."
"it is the comparatively few who travel in anything better than Y class."
Well, who do you think we are talking about then??!! The few that BA are interested in!!
"As to the history of BA......" Well that's HISTORY isn't it??!! Times have now changed, strategies have changed, companies have become "lean and mean" etc...
Obviously it is no longer economically viable ANYMORE & for the time being, to operate LH ops out of regional airfields!!!
"Look at the schedules from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester to London. How many of the thousands of seats a day are occupied by people who are just flying the one sector? Very few."
You are missing two points here, possibly three;
1) This is exactly what BA would rather be doing-feeding it's LGW & LHR LH flights from other regions
2) They simply are not interested in LH regional ops-it's TOO COSTLY, and NOT ECONOMICALLY VIABLE. Think about it. And are all those seats being filled by premium pax???? I doubt it....
3) Each person on any given shuttle flight could be connecting to ANYWHERE and on ANY airline. They won't
all be flying EDI-LHR-USA. So the easiest way to go about solving this problem is just to fly ALL of them to LHR, and go from there. The alternative is too costly & complex!!
"As someone who would be a very rich man..." bla bla bla...... well, what the hell do you want me to do about it??
BA have obviously decided that regional longhaul ops are NOT VIABLE. It is applying economic rationality to it's strategy. And all you can do is moan! Now who is letting their emotions out?.....
"I've held discussions face to face over the years with King, Marshall and Ayling and their attitude has been one of London first, middle and any crumbs to the provinces".
Well doesn't that back my, rather than your,argument up??
"Every other UK or foreign airline that opens up service from a provincial UK airport deserves all the praise and backing it can get - and many are valued by local businessmen and women far ahead of BA."
Well, maybe. I have already said why BA don't adopt this strategy.
Finally, I may only be 19, but this by no means means I cannot challenge your arguments, if I think they are flawed.
And in future, please spare me your personal history/achievements.
I've also spoken to people at BA, I'm a scholar at Cambridge University studying pure math bla bla bla....
See, what relevance does that have....