Agreed. Varig is however hemorraging and would be particularly vulnerable to aggressive fare pressures at present.
Musing out loud--You can bet a Connexxion equipped fleet with reasonably high speed internet access would totally change the demand for overnight flights. More than 1/2 the execs would IMHO prefer day time flights if they can be on line or at least feel that they are able to be in contact, rather than loose sleep on the overnighters.
Since I got a Verizon aircard with 140K speed internet access (via the cellular network) on my laptop, I gave up on the red-eyes from the west coast to MSP. I can be emailing my customers right up to door closing and so only am out of circulation 3 hrs or so (instead of the previous 7 hrs including ground transport, check in and security), in flights to and from LAX/LAS/SFO and MSP). I just flew back yesterday from LAS to MSP following Comdex and I was emailing customers until 9:20 am and was back on line 3 1/2 hours later emailing while riding in a taxi , thanks to the aircard. I felt that I could afford to be out of the loop for the 3 or so hours.
I gladly pay hotels 10.00 per day for high speed internet compared to dial up service. If Continental were to give me continuous internet and phone access for even as much as $100.00 extra , I would gladly take a day time flight from EWR to Sao Paulo GRU and vice versa rather than trying to catch some sleep on an overnight flight and feeling like s%&t after landing next day at 10:45 am local after having left MSP at 450pm the previous day connecting to their EWR-GRU departutre at 10pm.
As the baby boomers get older and wider(
), the overnighters are for bats.
This could be an interesting thread: Will high speed internet when available on board international flights totally change the current airline scheduling model? Why not an 8:00 am departure from MSP-LGW arriving in the evening instead of the current 6:50 pm departure arriving 8:55 am. I dread that flight and I would rather pay more to spend the day time hours on board working using high speed internet for a few hours. The current option of spending the next day in a mixture of exhausted jet lag, caused by poor sleeping accomodations scrunched into a seat would be a thing of the past!! Jet lag alone is enough of a curse!
The key is that continous high speed internet access will allow the F and J pax as well as our self employed Y class working stiffs (such as yt) to feel that they can be in touch at all times, so why not travel when your body clock is happiest rather than burn the red-eye oil?
What do you think?
The Original Coronado: First CV jet flights RG CV 990 July 1965; DL CV 880 July 1965; Spantax CV990 Feb 1973