lightmac wrote:- price
ATLFlyer1234 wrote:(because nothing really beats a non-stop)
N776AU wrote:It's different for everyone. Most people I know shop on price and that's it. That's a component for me, but I have a bit of a step by step when selecting for me: (...).
PatrickZ80 wrote:I've paid € 432 for a return ticket with a transfer. A direct flight was also available but would have cost me € 936 on the same dates.
MartijnNL wrote:Swiss to Shanghai? Or North America maybe?
You can't beat two for the price of one!
PatrickZ80 wrote:ATLFlyer1234 wrote:(because nothing really beats a non-stop)
That depends. For some people, a non-stop can be beaten by a lower price.
Take for example a trip I've booked for october this year. I've paid € 432 for a return ticket with a transfer. A direct flight was also available but would have cost me € 936 on the same dates. No way I'm going to pay that much more if it can be done so much cheaper. A little bit more, allright, I can understand. But more than twice as much just to have a direct flight? No thanks.
PatrickZ80 wrote:Actually I'm going to Los Angeles. € 432 is a combi of Transavia and Norwegian, € 936 is KLM. Allright, there's a difference in service level but do I need the KLM service level? No, I don't.
delta1690 wrote:Because they make more money that way. They effectively sell the seat twice. This allows them to cut prices, undercutting their competitors.
delta1690 wrote:It is very clear that the biggest reason people choose one airline over another is price.
delta1690 wrote:If they annoy one in a hundred by bouncing them, but get ten percent more by lower prices, they win. They also take care not to bounce frequent flyers, so the annoyed ones were probably not going to fly with them for a long while.
Airstud wrote:My criteria are that the fare be as low as is reasonable, that I get a window seat, and that the airline not be the customer-hating horrendous despicable miasma of an enterprise that is United Airlines.
lightmac wrote:This may seem like a simple question, but actually, there are many layers to the answer:
First, "good service for a good price" seems obvious. But what is "good service"? I think it means
- geography (airline needs to be going where you want to go, have hubs in the right direction etc.)
- gastronomy (food and drink, ameneties)
- design (everything from lounge to on-board magazines, uniforms, cutlery, anything)
- quality/friendlyness of staff
- cabin interior/seating/layout
- technical performance/safety
- ease of booking/proceeding
- choice of aircraft/fleet also play a role for some passengers regardless of its implications on the seating layout
lightmac wrote:What else?
Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe
Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days
Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit
Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior
Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft
Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials
Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions
Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin
Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon
Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos
Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft
Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries
Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground
Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos