One of the industries that have kept on moving backward rather than forward is the airline industry. The speed of airplanes has remained the same since commercial flight was made viable. The Concorde which was the only advancement in terms of speed has been withdrawn. Add in more rigorous (often pointless) security checks at airports and crowding of old runways; total air travel between many cities (say between
Service quality has also taken a backward move. The low cost ($200) airlines don’t serve any food; the high cost ($600) airlines serve half a can of coke and a 10cents nut sachet. The expressions of the cabin crew in most
Regarding the cost of air travel, results are mixed. I don't have historic data points in the
So what’s ahead for the airlines industry? Will it become more comfortable, faster and cheaper? Highly unlikely. Boeing, Airbus and other manufacturers are focusing more on reducing cost of operations for the airlines, while airlines are busy filing bankruptcies. My forecast is that the airlines and the airplane manufacturers will work together and result in the following for higher efficiencies:
1. Aircrafts will be so designed such that passengers can travel standing (like in trains and buses)
2. Airlines, like credit card companies, will punish customers heavily for mistakes. So if you press the call air hostess button without a good enough reason, they will charge your credit card.
3. Airlines will not allow any free baggage and charge extra for carrying any. (Incidentally charging passengers for extra load is currently the most profitable for airlines as they don’t have any extra cost for carrying these)
4. Airlines may also charge the overweight people based on their weight in excess of the free body weight allowed.
5. They will start asking money from passengers for seemingly great but actually dubious reasons (like for Gift A Child Fund, Green Fuel Fund etc.)
6. Airlines will also scan checked-in baggage, and declare as lost, those bags, which may have more costly goods inside than the standard amount refunded to passengers for baggage loss.
7. Like in airport shops, the narrow aisles will have a row of ceramic duty free shopping items so that passengers, while navigating their way to toilets, may knock-off a few and be forced to pay for those .
Is there any hope for the consumers in this industry?