So an interesting story surfaced today. The Independent is reporting that Colombian budget airline, VivaColombia, are considering removing all the seats from their aircraft in an effort to cram more people in and reduce fares.
To be honest, it’s a comment that stinks of a PR hook to me. It comes at the same time that the no frills carrier announce that they have added 50 new Airbus 320s to their fleet to help cope with the increase of tourism to Colombia.
Increase in visitors to Colombia
Now that is not a lie, 2016 saw a 13% overall increase of foreign visitors to Colombia and the upward trend is continuing in 2017. Colombia has huge potential as an up and coming traveling hotspot, with pristine beaches, stunning jungle and many hidden architectural treasures, I think now is the best time to visit.
Anyway, back to this standing room only story. Although I love the idea of cheaper flights, this is surely a no go. What about turbulence? Do they tie your feet to the floor? Then there is the issue of people moving around, what about if the aircraft turns and everyone shifts to one side of the airplane, surely it will lose balance. Now I am no aero expert, but that doesn’t seem like it can work to me.
What the CEO has to say
The best part of the article for me was this quote from VivaColombia’s founder and CEO, William Shaw, his view: “Who cares if you don’t have an in-flight entertainment system for a one-hour flight? Who cares that there aren’t marble floors . . . or that you don’t get free peanuts?”
Marble floors? I wonder who he flies with!
What do you think? Would you fly standing up for cheaper fares? Let us know in the comments.
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