Thanks to the severe crisis that airlines are facing, many of them decided to take the reinvention of their services to the maximum expression. From airplanes with only business class for their passengers, flights with free center seats, and even religious flights are just some of the offers that can be accessed today, let’s see what it is about.
Air Canada makes a fleet of charter aircraft available to its passengers to have a more private experience. It is an Airbus A319 with only 58 seats, all in the same class. The advantage of taking these flights only take 35 minutes, so the wait at the airport is reduced to the maximum. All the services during the flight are business class (from courtesy individual iPads, WI-FI service, and even a menu created by Chef Park) While, the price of the ticket is very similar to that of an executive class on any other airline.
Private jets appear to be a booming industry, while the commercial flight sector has decreased by approximately 50% due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The private flight sector has decreased by only 10%, and this is only because more and more wealthy people prefer to pay more to make their flights more privately than being involved in long lines at the airport, dealing with third parties and hours of waiting to board or arrive at your destination.
Encourage the purchase of tickets. There are other airlines such as Ryanair or Air Asia that offer great incentives to their users to purchase their tickets at incredible prices from 2×1 on almost all their routes to unlimited passes. Which are nothing more than a kind of coupon with a value of €100 with which passengers can choose between the different destinations and redeem them as many times as they want.
Restaurants in the air. Until now, airlines had dedicated themselves to flying, offering the best seats, or streamlining their processes to obtain the loyalty of their customers from the experience of buying the ticket. But now it is time to reinvent itself and Singapore Airlines was not left behind and uses their A380s as Pop Up restaurants. It is a super jumbo with 470 seats, and they put half of the capacity up for sale, managing to sell it in just 30 minutes. The prices ranged from €40 to more than €400, that prices varies according to the class and the chosen menu. The only thing that makes us think is that passengers are willing to pay more for an unforgettable travel experience.
Another airline that prefers the dining experience to satisfy its customers is Finnair, which opted to sell ready-made and business-class inspired meals to take home. It is a K-Citymarket grocery store in Finland, where its customers can buy trays of meals such as those served on board in business class to satisfy the nostalgia of flying and in this way helping the airline to recover part of the staff who were laid off when the pandemic began.
Religious flights? Another of the reinventions of the airlines, Thay Airways and its flight called “Thai Magical Flying Experience” this service intends to spread the spirituality on board in its passengers on an internal flight. That will fly over some of the most sacred religious places in Thailand, a clear effort to recoup losses while satisfying the desire to travel of its passengers.
And you, do you know of any other new services that airlines are offering? Let us know here!