2013 April 29 Monday
The Amazing Gap Between Coach And First Class Fares
Over a factor of 11 on some routes.
The cheapest Virgin ticket from Heathrow to New York, departing tomorrow and returning a week later, is £462 in economy but £5,400 in business – more than 11 times as much.
Think about this business model. It amazes me that it has been unchallenged for so long. Picture smaller aircraft with just business and first class passengers. Can this be made to work on the busiest routes? Surely the London-NYC route has a lot of first class passengers. Imagine they could avoid the long security lines and busy terminals and even take off closer to home in a smaller airport in New Jersey or Connecticut.
By Randall Parker at 2013 April 29 09:04 PM
Yes...however note that many of those seats are actually filled by automatic upgrades for the Gold, Platinum, and 100K passengers. Corporations will not, in general, pay for those seats even for executives. So really a large group of the people sitting in those seats did pay the economy fare. The remainder are wealthy individuals or senior government employees. Or corporate CEO's (because of course the corporate rules don't apply to them /snark).
There was a business-only airline a few years ago between EWR and Paris Orly called L'avignon. It looks like British airway acquired them but is still running it.
There were a few business class only airlines. All went bankrupt.