Why is your plane so expensive?
A recent Forbes article revealed that an entire class of planes, including some of the best known brands, are among the most expensive on the market.
The article was written by former Bloomberg View columnist and Forbes contributor David T. Graham.
It was published on March 20, 2019, less than three months before Donald Trump took office.
Graham, now a writer at the Washington Post, wrote that in order to be “a truly high-end airline, a premium airline must not just be expensive, but the priciest of all.
A premium airline should also offer unparalleled amenities.
That is, the most lavish of which is the ability to fly on a luxury aircraft.
But what if that luxury aircraft doesn’t even have to be an aircraft at all?
That’s where you come in.”
The article, which was written in the context of the financial meltdown of 2008, noted that “it’s no secret that many airlines are struggling to keep up with the growing number of people wanting to fly.
That’s why we need to pay for more luxury aircraft.”
“But it’s even more crucial than that, as our aviation industry has been forced to scramble to meet demand, while other industries have been forced into the dustbin of history,” Graham continued.
“In the last few years, we’ve seen the emergence of some very good premium airlines that have made some truly great aviation innovations.
And with all of the changes that have occurred in aviation in recent years, they’re even more important.”
Graham then cited an article in The Wall Street Journal, which highlighted some of these airlines, including Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, JetBlue, and Southwest.
“The airlines are all trying to make their brand and their products more appealing to customers,” Graham wrote.
“But the big question that remains is, how do you do it?
It’s a difficult question to answer, as you’ve probably seen a few companies do.”
The story detailed how some airlines have tried to improve their customer experience by offering “passenger perks” that include the ability for the customer to buy an “in-flight entertainment package.”
But the article concluded that “these perks are expensive, and often not included in the price of the ticket.
That said, the cost of this package varies by airline.
For example, in a JetBlue flight from New York to Dallas, you pay $2,400 for an entertainment package that includes two private seats and a seat back.
But in a Southwest flight from Chicago to Los Angeles, you get two private, back-to-back seats that cost $2.50 each.
The difference is not insignificant, as it adds up to $3,000 in additional fees.
So how can you justify that extra cost, given that a Delta or American ticket costs less?”
Graham continued, noting that “in general, premium airlines are not allowed to offer in-flight perks unless the airline has a substantial investment in making the flight comfortable, safe, and attractive to its customers.
So what does this all mean for you?
That is what we’re going to tackle in this post.
The story included a list of 10 premium airlines to consider, as well as a list for airlines that offer perks like “extra-large bed in a private cabin for $500” or “free snacks and beverages on board” at their corporate offices.
Graham concluded by noting that some premium airlines have even gone as far as offering the same “included in the ticket” perks as Delta, but with an “optional” additional fee.
The most expensive airline Graham reviewed, however, was American Airlines.
The company is currently facing a $1 billion lawsuit over the way it has marketed its business.
The suit alleges that American has intentionally marketed its services, including its business class tickets, to its passengers as “business class,” even though those flights are not “business” class at all.
The lawsuit was filed on January 25, 2018, the same day that Trump took the oath of office, and it claims that American’s marketing has included the phrase “business-class” on nearly all of its tickets.
They know that they can sell tickets for $10,000 a seat that are only $1,200,” the suit stated. “
It’s a bully, and they know it.
They know that they can sell tickets for $10,000 a seat that are only $1,200,” the suit stated.
“They know that if they go with the business-card option, they can charge $10k for a seat and get away with it.”
In addition, the lawsuit alleged that the company’s “inclusion of in-board entertainment, and the ability of American to provide additional amenities, such as private meals, snacks, and beverages, have resulted in a consumer backlash against the airline and a loss of confidence in