|Quoting Stitch (Reply 109):|
AI should re-configure the 777-200LRs to a two-class configuration in order to lower their CASM and better match traffic demand, which appears to be primarily Economy. Increasing density from 3+3+3 to 3+4+3 might not be a bad idea, either.
Agreed. While the 788 has a lower per flight cost, the 77Ls have a bit of cost associated with them that will take a long time to amortize. I'm shocked AI
didn't already have 3+4+3 in Y; they do not exactly have the premium passengers to justify 3+3+3. It doesn't matter how much passengers like the room, its will they pay for the room?
I also agree with making the plane 2-class. ASAP. I doubt AI
will be able to sell them, so it is time to make the most of the cards they have.
The more I find out about the corruption in India, the less interested I become in their aviation policies/companies. Why would one care if someone has a better product (hard or soft) if the solution is a suitcase of money to block the competition?
While Boeing, Airbus, and the airlines will pay the bribes, I hope one asks what about the business that won't and instead goes elsewhere? My best friend has been steadily moving jobs from India to Malaysia for a variety of reasons. Now that Thailand is recovering, there will be more competition. Although, ironically, he is in India right now (BLR
airport) to see about moving some new jobs to India... But what matters is that it is a competition that is constantly benchmarked. Much of the work in India could be elsewhere. Most companies treat bribes as a tax. When the taxes get ridiculous, business moves. The books "Lexus and the Olive Tree" and "The World is Flat" have numerous examples of jobs shifting quickly.
If bribing is just the way, I will not give it a second thought when EK
bribes enough to gain more access.
Any which way, AI
is stuck with these poorly thought out planes. I hope they are rapidly converted to 2-class (10-across Y).
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