Odds and Ends: Bombardier, Kingfisher, Southwest
CSeries: Blogger Airline Reporter has this post after touring the Bombardier CSeries mock-up. We’ve seen it before and came away with the same impressions. What caught our eye was this comment:
All the time , I hear people asking for wider seats, more room, etc. But really, what airline is going to take a Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 and go from six seats across to five? (hint: none)
No kidding. Not in this day-and-age where load factors are running at 80% or better and airlines still worry about making money in an uncertain age of oil prices. Some airlines now make their entire profits from fees.
Airline Reporter’s remarks further poke in pin in the balloon of the goofy proposal of a 1x3x1 Airbus interior proffered by a former Airbus employee.
That aside, Airline Reporter does a good job of synopsizing the CSeries design philosophy.
Kingfisher: oneworld, the international alliance, won’t allow Kingfisher in just yet. The carrier’s financial condition is too fragile. Kingfisher is on our Death Watch list. Another ominous sign: Kingfisher was suspended from the international Clearing House, where airlines settle up ticketing, because Kingfisher hasn’t paid up.
Southwest Airlines: Aspire Aviation has this long analysis of Southwest Airlines, which points out some problems the carrier will have going forward. We’ve talked about some of these issues in the distant past–we call Southwest the first “legacy LCC”–with labor costs-to-expenses now the highest in the US.
China to Europe: Drop dead. China banned its airlines from participating in Europe’s carbon emissions taxing scheme. We say, “good.” This scheme is nothing more than a general fund tax for Europe. It would be one thing if the Europeans used the money for aviation environmental purposes, but they aren’t. The money is going into the general fund. So a pox on them.