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1. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

Are they stark raving mad?

The are haemorrhaging money so from from next month, they are going to charge £10 one way for economy passengers travelling in the UK and Europe to pre-select their seat, rising to £20 for economy long-haul flights.

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/transport/article6849303.ece

I hardly think this measure will induce the travelling public to travel with them.

2. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Michael O'Leary (Ryanair) is probably having a bit of a chuckle over this one.

3. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 7y

Quoting fussy

Are they stark raving mad?

The are haemorrhaging money so from from next month, they are going to charge £10 one way for economy passengers travelling in the UK and Europe to pre-select their seat, rising to £20 for economy long-haul flights.

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/transport/article6849303.ece

I hardly think this measure will induce the travelling public to travel with them.

Completely agree with you! BA has already got a very bad reputation with customers- in fact I would say they are the worst airline we have ever flown with in the 3 years we have been away...in fact we would pay extra just to avoid BA (yep our experiences with them were that bad!) in the future.

I will predict now what will happen with this seat charging - it will turn into what Air Asia have started to do. Not enough people pay for the preferential seating so the airline sets it's system up to split people on the same PNR up into different seats...the passengers check their booking online before departure and get panicked that they won't be sitting together and then fork out the extra to book the seats together. Cue unhappy customers

I completely understand budget airlines charging for pre-booked seats, food, luggage etc but Willy Walsh seems to have turned BA into a budget airline with higher than normal full cost pricing!

If BA are losing what the media say I think the writing is on the wall for the UK's 'national carrier'!

4. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

It would be so much fun to be booked on a flight then, like in the childrens game musical chairs, all passengers re-arrange themselves (without hindering the drinks trolley of course), perhaps we can start a world wide movement. never mind the pun.

5. Posted by alanmacd (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

unfortunately, you'd probably get into trouble doing that - it's amazing how humourless flight attendants can be about seating. I'm a larger person (*ahem*) and I've had at least one experience where I was sitting in a 2 across, and felt cramped, and asked to sit in the spare aisle seat of a 3 across with only one other person in the other aisle seat, with the one between being empty, and told in a very snotty voice that I must sit in my assigned seat. O.o.

6. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 7y

Air Canada has been charging for a specific reserved seats for a few years now.
With all the hassle and expense of flying these days i gave it up.
Now if i cant drive there i dont need to go..
Glad i live in N.America with that rational

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Sep-2009, at 05:57 by jambo101 ]

7. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting jambo101

Air Canada has been charging for a specific reserved seats for a few years now.

I travelled with Air Canada a few months ago from Manchester to Toronto and I didn't pay for a specific seat, it was free.
Do you mean if I specified for example that I wanted seat 50c, as opposed to the one they gave me then I would be charged a fee? That I can understand.

8. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

I saw a comment in the paper about this to the effect if would be great for parents who did not cough up the extra fee for seat selection: they wouldn't have to sit next to their offspring. ha ha

9. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting fussy

I saw a comment in the paper about this to the effect if would be great for parents who did not cough up the extra fee for seat selection: they wouldn't have to sit next to their offspring. ha ha

The only trouble with that would be, because airlines can be so power crazy nowadays, if the children did anything wrong, the cabin crew would go grovelling to the captain who would land the plane 2,000 miles from home, dump the family and leave them to pay for another flight, just because a child said one of the stewardesses had an ugly face. Airlines today have so much 'refusal' power that they can do anything they like - just about.

10. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

Shame really, I can remember when they invited the travelling public to view the cockpit (well this happened once to me in canada)!

Cabin crew can always rely on alcohol and low levels of oxygen to calm the most savage of beasts.