|Quoting Pacifica (Reply 1):|
It's a sad story of Canadian aviation and North American aviation as a whole.
Over the past few years, service in general has declined and although I was never able to fly Harmony (seeing as I rarely travel to Vancouver, and live in Toronto...), I have heard many great things about them. Free hot meals in coach, free wine with meals, friendly customer service and the most legroom in business, it all seemed like a fresh start. Something innovative at least, and it sort of reminded me of the good 'ole days of flying everyone seems to talk about. And their prices seemed to be very reasonable too, at least the few times I looked them up.
But I guess even with that, their low exposure and small size deferred a lot of travellers. Or was it the absence of personal televisions for WestJetters, or the lack of precious (and IMO somewhat useless; but that's for another thread ) Aeroplan miles for the AC die hards? Either way something didn't work right for Harmony, and it's most unfortunate because in a day and age where airlines are constantly cutting costs in every way they can, it seemed like HQ brought something fresh and creative to the market. But I digress, because the consumer is in the end the best judge of everything.
Just my few cents anyways.
|Quoting Sebring (Reply 2):|
Innovative is one thing, but if you can't make money because all of that innovation is pushing up your costs, there is nothing innovative about it. It's just a flat-out dumb business plan. We all know why Harmony didn't fold after a month. Ho was bankrolling it out of his own pocket to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. Any idiot can lose money like that. Don't blame PTVs or Aeroplan points. The concept was nice but not practical, and in the end the business plan was DOA.
|Quoting Pacifica (Reply 1):|
I was never able to fly Harmony
|Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 5):|
I have never flown with HQ
|Quoting Pacifica (Reply 3):|
what led to their downfall was the exact opposite: low load factors.
|Quoting LongHauler (Reply 6):|
That just goes to show you, they were not offering what the Customer was looking for, period. Bottom line is just that ... bottom line. The number one deciding factor is price and nothing else. In a flash on September 11th, the high yield, high revenue passenger disappeared.
Remember him? He was the one that was actually paying for the perks that are no longer offered by airlines, so that you could fly from YYZ-YVR for $99.
I don't know how many times I have read on this website, people bragging about the low fare they "scored" then asking for advice on how to get upgraded to a higher class. Lets face it, First Class and Business Class have a price. So does a no frills seat from A to B. One can't pay for one, and expect the other.
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