Theseus wrote:lightsaber wrote:Passengers love to complain, but not pay for what they are complaining about. When there is buy away due to a poor lavatory. The ULCCs will sell the space as passengers want.
I agree with all you say, but I think things are not so simple in the passengers side: do passengers really have the choice ?
I can choose not to fly ULCCs, but it seems LH is adopting this galley configuration, so not really an ULCC... When the majority of passengers do not care (because they look only at price, or travel rarely, or do not know where to look for the info on seat size and such) the equilibrium tends to shift towards the cheapest, least comfortable solution, and after a while the choice is not even there anymore for whoever is still ready to pay a bit more.
I experienced this change in my home airport for some other cabin arrangements that I cannot stand (I will not pronounce the name as this would derail the thread), and in a matter of less than a decade the choices for passengers went from "comfortable solution by default for all airline choices, with a few offering the cheaper, less nice option" to "some airlines compress passengers while others still offer the comfortable solution" and finally to "all reasonable flights (even with a significant detour) feature the less comfortable option, on most routes". Essentially, if 25% of the passengers care for comfort and 75% for price, no airline will stick to the more costly, more comfortable option, as it would immediately cause them to lose 75% of the market, and make them even more expensive.
But those 26% will be in the front cabin with access to a conventional lav
The reality is if 75% of the market chooses cheap, they will get cheap.
I fly JetBlue as they offer great space for the price. I buy the checked bag. I buy snacks in flight. Occasionally I buy even more space. That ensures that there is the option. But I also never fly short haul anymore as between parking, TSA, and rental cars, driving is faster. Cest la vie