Over recent years the evolution of air travel has made tremendous strides, but the truth is our pocket-books don’t seem to see the benefits.
The glory days of aviation are truly over, back-in-the-day a journey on Pan Am was indeed a glamorous adventure. Where seats were big, meals were fabulous and bathrooms actually had urinals in them. But today a flight is something to endure, not enjoy and analysts try to convince us that it’s gotten cheaper.
Media reports that since US airline deregulation in 1978 prices have steadily dropped year after year. That these price drops actually present problems for airlines trying to be profitable but it’s good for consumers.
Ok, let’s look at this another way.
The Boeing 767 was introduced in 1982 and was the most fuel efficient passenger plane for years. It could fly from Atlanta to Paris and only refuel 3 maybe 4 times. Now we have the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, it can fly from Atlanta to Paris and only refuel 1 time. Analyze that fuel savings!
Technology is only as good as how you use it and something is wrong with this math. If someone is going to take this post and make sense of it, be my guest. But the airlines are making a lot of money and let’s not talk about baggage.
There is profit to be made with each new plane but somehow consumers are still getting drained. Technology is to benefit us all, not a few.
Note: Boeing is not an airline, they just made the plane.
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