This week’s featured link:
Emirates president pledges to ‘tough it out’ as airline struggles – Financial Times
I try not to post articles that are behind a paywall too often, but this one is a very good read about the troubles facing Emirates. Of the big three Middle East carriers, Emirates is the largest, the most financially viable, and more concerning right now, the one with the most gigantic aircraft on order. Unlike what you may hear from entities in the US, Emirates doesn’t just have a bottomless pit of money and it does have to respond to market conditions. So what’s it doing? It’s doing the same thing that airlines in the US and Europe have done for years. Emirates is working on cost-cutting, and it’s adding ancillary fees. This is the right response but it’s one that will certainly tarnish the airline’s image to some extent, as has happened to carriers in the US and Europe.
If you can’t access the article, you may want to consider searching for the title online and you should find a way in.
Two for the road:
Webjet Sees Positive Results – Travel Press
I realize this is a couple weeks old, but it’s still worth sharing. Webjet is an online travel agent that did an experiment with Routehappy where it showed product details beyond the usual price and schedule garbage you see on most online travel agents. The result? A big increase in people who purchased the travel. This should be obvious, right? But the more we can get solid data showing the value to online travel agents if they start doing a better job of selling flights, the better chance they’ll change their ways.
Why Airlines Use Tape to Fix Their Planes – Condé Nast Traveler
I love little explainer pieces like this. You’ve undoubtedly seen at least one social media photo showing someone using tape to fix an airplane. It’s not duct tape, and it’s perfectly safe.