Winter of Discontent Ahead: is the Aircartel about to get it's comeuppance?
As the cartel heads towards autumn/fall/winter there appears to be a precipitous slide where Americans now have choice-Translatlantic-where fares are plunging and are often lower than sky high transcons. Sure, you may have to fly through Iceland on a crappy flight, but as airline insiders would laughingly admit: "we are all crappy now." American is currently trying to dump tons of fall seats at big markdowns as we enter the first year in modern history where there is no discernible difference between our gutter, Merged World turdy product offering and some upstart carrier registered in a place that facilitates a tax dodge. Except the cartel is DELIBERATELY punishing its customers. It's old fashioned but two important rules are worth restating : 1. antagonizing and alienating customers is a long term bad idea and 2. When customers stop doing business with you there's a good chance you will NEVER see them again. Is the cartel about to get the kicking it so richly deserves? Should be busy at the boot store in the next few months. Stay tuned!
Just coming across newswire: United is saying they are weak on transPacific: Conclusion: where people have a choice it won't be the cartel. Which begs the question: do they have any plans at all beyond bleeding choiceless Americans who must fly them domestically? No. Which means they are all in on Congress and regulators being utterly worthless and paralyzed ad infinitem. Also that state AGs and class action lawyers will stay on the sidelines no matter how decrepit and ripoffish air travel becomes Big bet that.
Totally inadequate and a smokescreen, but perhaps a start. Make no mistake: only an AT&T style breakup of BIGAIR should be the deal in exchange for limiting carriers competing from especially nations that are slave havens. A nation this large deserves fierce competition that forces CEO's/cartel executives to accept way less compensation and to compete by improving service not collude by degrading it.
More cartel fire sales to Europe. Held those seats a long time before reckoning with reality. A pathetic difference between what Americans want and what our Merged World aircos are hawking. With ff programs decimated, and elites utterly disrespected, why on earth would someone pay $1 thousand or more to be jammed into the cartels veal class? The customer really does get the last word. Stay tuned.