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Thread: Air travel: Seating v Pricing

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    Re: Air travel: Seating v Pricing

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Tough tootles. Everyone goes for the cheapest seat regardless of the quality of the travel experience. How do you expect airlines to make up for that?
    They could just provide sufficient leg room to all seats. I believe Thomas Cook does that by removing seats.

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    Re: Air travel: Seating v Pricing

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    They could just provide sufficient leg room to all seats. I believe Thomas Cook does that by removing seats.
    1. more leg room, more money
    2. less leg room, less money.

    Pick one.

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    Re: Air travel: Seating v Pricing

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    I just read an article about cramming more seats into commercial aircraft and I'm curious, how many of you would be willing to pay more for your ticket if you got a little more room? If you would pay more, then how much more?

    For purposes of the poll let's suggest that you'd get an extra 6" of leg room and a few inches of width.
    Considering I am only 5 foot, leg room isn't of much importance to me so I wouldn't pay more for something that wouldn't really effect me.
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    Re: Air travel: Seating v Pricing

    I fly Allegiant quite a bit. The trip is only 1 hour 45 min but I would gladly pay an extra $50 each way for more comfort.

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    Re: Air travel: Seating v Pricing

    I wouldn't pay more for a slightly bigger seat. I would pay more for a sleeping capsule like in the fifth element for long flights.


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    Re: Air travel: Seating v Pricing

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    I shouldn't have to pay more for human sized seating. They should be removing seats not adding them. Airlines seem to think the only people who travel by air are pygmy people.
    Airlines have a tremendously tight profit margins. On average they make about $4 for every passenger carried. They need to move as many people as possible to sustain their business. The flip side of that is that the cost of flying has fallen dramatically over the past few decades (primarily due to mass deregulation in the 80's) and new hubs and lines have proliferated. There is a definite limit to what people will tolerate but the more strictures and penalties you heap on them the more you should expect costs to rise.

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    Re: Air travel: Seating v Pricing

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    Airlines have a tremendously tight profit margins. On average they make about $4 for every passenger carried. They need to move as many people as possible to sustain their business. The flip side of that is that the cost of flying has fallen dramatically over the past few decades (primarily due to mass deregulation in the 80's) and new hubs and lines have proliferated. There is a definite limit to what people will tolerate but the more strictures and penalties you heap on them the more you should expect costs to rise.
    That is why they make their money from baggage and extra costs, crank up the price of overweight baggage then.

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    Re: Air travel: Seating v Pricing

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    That is why they make their money from baggage and extra costs, crank up the price of overweight baggage then.
    Their profit margins are razor thin generally the rising penalties and fees associated with baggage is merely a symptom of that. There are projections that the entire industry might hit a 2.6% or 2.7% profit margin for 2014, in any other industry this would be terrible. People get the wrong takeaway from headlines like "Airline Profits Hit Record High!" because it's only discussing total profits not their margin which is very low. Blame high competition, blame jet fuel costs, blame the aerospace duopoly of Boeing and Airbus, but that's how it is.

    The 'Golden Age' of flying might be gone but at least the average joe can actually buy a ticket now.

    Edit: Seriously need to emphasize just how badly the Airline industry has historically been performing for most of our recent history. So many bankruptcies, so many terrible quarters, fuel costs that have risen $40 billion in 10 years, consistently razor thin profit margins, and mounting penalties from the government. To put it in perspective out of a combined revenue of $142 billion in 2012 they put away $152 million in profits. That is... bad.
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    Re: Air travel: Seating v Pricing

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    I just read an article about cramming more seats into commercial aircraft and I'm curious, how many of you would be willing to pay more for your ticket if you got a little more room? If you would pay more, then how much more?

    For purposes of the poll let's suggest that you'd get an extra 6" of leg room and a few inches of width.
    I read in the merger between American and US Airways that they plan to give a little more room. Not specific about what a little more means. We shall see.
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    Re: Air travel: Seating v Pricing

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    Considering I am only 5 foot, leg room isn't of much importance to me so I wouldn't pay more for something that wouldn't really effect me.
    Heck, why buy a seat? I figure you could probably just fit in overhead storage!

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