Just Another Luckyjet Comment

Unexpected software changes require a new look for the page. This is a comment response from yesterday.  It is posted here cause …. it was just easier

The only real problem the aviation industry has is the price of fuel.

I just finished a four day trip with several flights each day. Our only delays were minor and a result of passenger issues. Four drunks were denied boarding, unaccompanied minors showed up at the last minute, battery powered wheelchairs had to be loaded etc.

All but one of our arrivals were on time and that one was a result of air traffic control being overwhelmed by corporate jet traffic.

As far as driving goes, It only takes a single fatal car accident to delay your travel considerably. Car travel kills way more than 50,000 people in America every year. I understand the benefits of driving but it doesn’t always come without delays too.

Every airline that is still in business is ready to fly all the time. We really do want to go, we just don’t want to get killed doing it, penalized by the FAA, or leave passengers behind. So we wait for severe weather, we wait to fix things that break, and we wait for connecting passengers.

It doesn’t make sense to have a 50 or 75 million dollar airplane and a crew sitting around just to not go if we can do so.

Some of the Air Traffic Control delays are possibly the result of a controller perception that the FAA is not bargaining in good faith to reach a fair work agreement. Maybe not, it’s hard to say.

The only reason over booking happens is that people think it is smart to reserve a seat on more than one flight. This is rarely a matter of a last minute travel plan necessity.

Suppose we were to hold a deposit for a reservation like hotels do. Then over booking would not be needed.

As for the twenty dollar penalty, consider that the largest airline in the USA makes a profit of about 40 dollars per flight. Not per passenger. TOTAL.

The rest of the airlines usually don’t make a profit anyway.

Thanks for your comments, Happy Landings

5 Responses to “Just Another Luckyjet Comment”

  1. I once read somewhere that the profit on every car sold was some freakishly small number. And my reaction was, then why do they bother? It seems like a lot of trouble and infrastructure and hassle to go to just to make 40 cents or whatever. Kevin pointed out that well, they do provide a lot of jobs and give people a product at the end and so on. But still. You couldn’t pay ME $40 to put together people who wanted to go places with people who wanted to fly them places.

    Like doesn’t anyone at the top ever go WAIT a minute! This is all silly and pointless and not even very profitable. Maybe! we shouldn’t do it anymore.

    Oh wait, that would be all the airline foldings you mentioned. Doh.

  2. luckyjet1 Says:

    The overall idea is that if fuel got cheap, there was a good economy, no terrier threats, good weather, and high public confidence all at the same then profits would be crazyily high. We would all whistle Zippydee doodah.

    For now we just pray all damn day every day that all this shit our President has got us in will go away.

  3. TheFlyingMan Says:

    Hey, I like the new layout.

    Also I submitted it to reddit, thought it was interesting

  4. As a pilot you might be officially on time, but the passenger is late anyway – mainly because the departure time is delayed, or a flight was canceled, so people had to wait for the next one.

    When you fly, see if your departure time was changed, if it was the people on your plane are late, even if you arrive on time. (Are you allowed to fly faster in such a case?)

    You are right about car crashes, but you do still need to get to the airport, which is not easy driving in many cities.

    About the weather and sitting around. Yes the plane leaves immediately when it can, but since it’s at the wrong airport people are still waiting for it for the next flight! The delays then trickle down until the entire US is late, because one important city had bad weather.

    I would like it if the airlines would park backup planes, for use in cases like this – check the weather, if it looks bad, strategically place some extra planes and crews in hot-spots, ready to go. It can’t be that hard to figure out where the hot-spots are going to be, there’s plenty of historical data.

    It will cost extra, but the payoff in goodwill will probably make it worth it (I think).

    My point about overbooking was not during normal days, but when things get bad – if a single flight gets canceled, there is no room to put the overflow somewhere else, people end up waiting for hours because each new flight is overbooked (probably I’m using the wrong term), sometimes all the way to the end of the day when there are no more flights. They need to add some error-margin to the business. I know it costs, but people are going to stop flying if they don’t.

    You look at things from the perspective of the airplane – it never delays for no reason, the flight itself it usually on time. But for the passenger if they were rescheduled, it’s still late, no matter if the new schedule is kept.

    I’m quite shocked about the $40 profit per flight – that leaves no room for any errors at all! Where does the money go?? It’s all fuel? Maybe it’s time to turn airlines into non-profit employee owned business, where the goal is to pay salary, not to make an overall profit.

    I enjoy your blog, but I don’t like this new color scheme (maybe use white text instead of gray). Thanks for replying.

  5. luckyjet1 Says:

    The airline industry has lost more money since 911 than all combined profits of all airlines since ever. It already is a non-profit enterprize.

    Now with the FAA throwing it’s horns around like a meth crazed water buffalo it might even be hard for airline corporate exec. types to get milti-million dollar bonuses.

    Stand by for a re-regulated industry. You will probably remember this as the era that didn’t really suck so bad.

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