Posts Tagged ‘ no frills airlines ’

Low cost flights to Asia

Apr 28th, 2017 | By

With the number of low cost flights to North America being announced a little while ago, long haul flight prices to the Far East may also be about to receive a shake-up.



Is this a new airline price war?

Oct 18th, 2013 | By

From out-of-the-blue, an airline has announced flights direct from the UK to America at prices not seen for years. But it’s not Ryanair or easyJet, its Norwegian the Scandinavian no-frills airline that has gradually been making the UK a secondary hub for flights.



Will no-frills airlines get a shake-up?

Aug 5th, 2013 | By

At the end of last week, British Airways announced their results. As part of that, it was announced that their no-frills subsidiary, Vueling, had done well. The Times wrote, “The boss of British Airways has thrown down the gauntlet to low-cost airlines by setting out plans for an aggressive expansion of Vueling…”



Has Ryanair Run Out of Ideas?

Jul 27th, 2011 | By

A couple of days ago, Ryanair announced their profit for the first three months of the year. The bit of their announcement that I thought was interesting was the fact that they thought that their fares would rise by 12%. Am I being perverse in sensing that this may be good news?



Peach (Cheap) Air

May 31st, 2011 | By

Older readers may remember a short-lived airline in the 1990’s called Peach Air. It was a no-frills airline that got a lot of comment at the time since an anagram of “peach” is “cheap.” This clever marketing ploy turned out not to be so clever so I wonder why the new airline which is linked to the Japanese carrier ANA, has decided to use the name for its new venture.



easyJet and Transparent Pricing

Apr 21st, 2011 | By

When is an airline fare increase not an increase? When it is an administrative charge because, theoretically, you needn’t pay it.
Have you ever heard such a load of old horsefeathers? It’s a blatant increase. The perpetrator of this slight-of-hand this time is easyJet which has nearly trebled the cost of using a debit card from £3.50 last September to £8 today. For credit cards it charges £12.95. Why such a charge?



Long Haul By Budget Airline

Aug 18th, 2010 | By

(Here is the latest posting by Clive Culley. Travelling long haul by a budget airline is rare for us in Europe so here is his view of one of the few opportunities around. He is having connection problems in Indonesia so we suspect we’ll get a glut of stories for you and then some gaps till he arrives at some bigger places. In a couple of weeks time, we’ll give you the complete opposite, – a long haul flight in first class)



The April Fools Jokes That Aren’t

Apr 7th, 2010 | By

Over the Easter weekend there were three stories that made me wonder whether April Fools’ Day lasts longer then a single day. All were concerned with airlines and only one cheered me up.
All of you have probably heard of the strange case of easyJet at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport where two passengers arrived with a man in a wheelchair. The problem was that he was dead and it looks as though the women, his wife and daughter, were trying to take him back to Germany. The taxi driver appears not to have noticed the fact that the man was dead but airport workers did. Now I could have believed that was an April Fool but human nature seems odder than you can make up.



The Travel Triumphs of the Decade

Feb 14th, 2010 | By

The World Travel Awards have examined their navels and decided what are the ten greatest achievements of this decade that they call the noughties. Looking at just the top three, I am not sure that I-or you- would agree with them when they say that number one is the dawn of space tourism. Although it was announced that such a holiday was viable nearly nine years ago, it hasn’t yet happened for other than a handful of multi millionaires. When it becomes affordable, then I think you could say it is an achievement.
Their second choice is social media and sites where holidaymakers and travellers leave their impressions on a website about where they have stayed or travelled



The End of First Class on Flights?

Feb 4th, 2010 | By

Last week Air New Zealand announced that they were introducing 22 almost flat beds for economy class passengers. BMI said that they were doing away with first and business class flights on some routes and Qantas says it is scrapping about 20% of its first class seats. Are we beginning to see the end or the decline of first class seats on flights?
Certainly over the last twelve months or so, when I’ve walked through first class cabins there have been few people in them. In business class, numbers have been light