Sad. Yes friends, the world’s longest commercial flight is coming to an end. Let us mourn by burying our heads in the carpet.
As a travel industry guy, I have mixed feelings about this. Our company has made a point of fighting the “oh, travel is SOOOOO EXPENSIVE” stereotype, but we do have to admit that making it cheap can be one hell of a challenge. Especially when jet fuel costs a fortune and the worth of the American Dollar drifts further from “real currency” and closer to “single-ply toilet paper.” You know, the kind they have at the student union on your campus, or at the Motel 6.
For me, this move reinforces a belief that I’ve had for a while but I haven’t seen other people mention: the business model for air travel/travel in general is misguided. Airlines have made a habit of pitching as much as they can to their most deep-pocketed customers. Have you ever seen how much the shit in the Sky Mall catalog costs? How about that cologne from the Duty Free shop? Do you really know anyone who thinks, “Hey, I know that 78 bucks is a lot to pay for a bottle of Bailey’s, but hell - they won’t charge me Duty!” as they shop? HELL no.
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