747m8te wrote:In some cases, it's the general public who are ignorant to how these flag carriers have to operate, as flag carriers they expect them to be all things to all people because they are the flag carrier, but unless they are government backed and funded, they don't have the government there to support them when time gets tough, they have to be competitive and pick viable markets.
Andypp wrote:As a Brit I despise BA... but this is not through familiarity. Having flown the airline 25 times and generally find the cabin crew mean and the seat pitch short.
Avinamaine wrote:Some airlines are monopolists at the national market, so prices are inappropriate for that service. Maybe it's a reason why people dislike them.
n729pa wrote:I was flying back to LHR from MAD on Saturday on an Iberia flight, and it reminded me of something that got me thinking. I used to work with a Spanish lady and she'd fly back to Spain several times a year on Iberia. She would rant and rave about them, the staff were arrogrant, rude etc.... then there was Angelina from Sicily, who hated Alitalia for much the same reasons. My friend from Marseilles had no love for Air France so would always fly BA. My friend in Australia, her brother hates Qantas. I've got two Indian friends who both won't travel on Air India (both will fly Jet)....and myself I have a great love hate relationship with BA.
So why do we dislike our national carriers so? Does familiarity breed contempt?
I find IB/AZ/AF perfectly acceptable and QF one of the best Airlines I've flown with (68 times in fact) can't comment on AI.
Are there others who dislike their national carriers? Why does it happen?
JQTECH25 wrote:My national carrier is more of a national disgrace, Qantas needs to be removed from Australia and leave it to Virgin Australia.
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