I was just randomly fake booking flights (seeing what aircraft type, departure times, etc) for KLM in business on the flight JFK-AMS-JFK. The price tag came up to 8,179 USD. I then decided to compare, assuming that BA's JFK-LHR-JFK would have a higher (or at the very least, slightly above) price tag, due to what I believe is a much superior business class product, and it didn't! I decided to be fair and book DFW-AMS-DFW on BA instead, so FOUR FLIGHTS, one of which is not in a OW hub. The price? 6550 USD. I then thought that perhaps there was room for debate as to how good of an airline BA in business is relative to KLM (never flew KLM in business, I have done BA in J a number of times however, and loved it). Thus, I decided to see how much EWR-SIN-EWR would cost on SQ in business class (an 18 hour flight mind you, on one of the best airlines out there). The price? 6,975.82 USD. Roughly 1,100 Dollars less than KLM's inferior product on a much much shorter route. I then checked AA's business class flight DFW-LHR-DFW. The price? Over 9000 dollars. I understand that AA's cabin is fine, but how is it possible that a shorter flight, with an inferior product, on a hub to hub route, can be 2000 dollars more than the SQ flight? I also checked VS, JFK-LHR-JFK in upper class; the price? 5,016 dollars. That's over 3000 dollars saved! UA's business class on EWR-LHR-EWR? Over 10,000 dollars! Why? I am at loss. Why is it that airlines without the best product charge way more than their competitors? And why are US airlines so expensive with regards to First and particularly Business class? I think US airlines' product on both is pretty damn good (albeit it could improve if you ask me), but I don't think a J flight on United from EWR-LHR-EWR should be worth twice JFK-LHR-JFK on BA in J. Can anyone please tell me why airlines are doing this? Doesn't this drive customers away? Is there logical reasoning behind this? I would to hear an explanation for this one.
By the way, I hope all you fellow KLM fans weren't offended, I'm sure KLM is a fine airline in its own respects, but you cannot convince me that SQ>KLM in J.