How Long Can This Go On….Low Airfares

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The losses are huge, big, enormous and it has hit every corner of the Travel Market and still it hurts, for the airlines it is Judgement day but for how long?

When Singapore Airlines are doing European specials you know life is bad, People will pay a premium to fly the smile high club so what hope is there for anyone else, British Airways have quickly dropped their premium route fare to nothing just to survive with an AUS$1444.00 fare SYD/LON, so Qantas will have to match that and these three airlines have been the big hitters on this route for decades so for them to drop it has to be the very last resort.

For Qantas their other Premium route SYD/LAX (los Angeles), has been decimated by V Australia’s close to as possible $1000.00 return fares, with United chopping fares as well for market share its going to be banging heads on the table in the offices at Mascot and not before time.

And suddenly as a break into a new market, Delta has already dealt in a sword in the ground deal of  AUD$982.00 from Syd with Air New Zealand’s counter offer of AUD $889.00 (including taxes) from Coolangatta is near as damn soil cheap as you can get.

This is a snapshot of just one aviation market in Oceania/Asia and it is being repeated though out many other markets in every part of the globe, the good side is that it has leveled fares that were overpriced on monopolised routes, Qantas’s SYD/LAX route fare $2000.00 was quite simply Sheriff of Nottingham territory and to have it halved showed the bonuses that flowed though the doors of the Geoff Dixon era, economic crisis or not that still had to happen.

So we are in the shit, so to speak and the few cashed up travellers are having a boom time, it can’t last and it won’t but it will not be all bad news.

The cheap fares are there because most Airlines are over productive with too many planes and the staff that runs them, as the airlines shred older inefficient aircraft they will create a newer tighter business, staff will go because you are not going to go and pickup and then go back to normal when the economy picks up again, today you need to be lean and efficient, and a good old shake out of the mattress will help the restructuring of almost every aspect of the Aviation Business so you can now throw out the old model and send in with the new as for the first time in its history except with a few bumps aviation is faced without its stunning growth year after year and so like any other business it will have to adapt to the current climate changes.

The cheap fares will last this year  but for the rest it should settle back down again which means many fares will rise as they have too because.

1. Airline restructuring will be completed.

2. Airlines are not public services they have to make money, break even at least.

That is the bad news…the good news is they won’t go nowhere near the old prices or will again, this is the new new for the business so SYD/LON should level out at AUS$1600-$1800 and SYD/LAX about AUS$1200 – $1300 which is still brilliant value, most domestic traffic will not push those AUS$1 a seat deals t0o hard and put on an average of AUS$20 per ticket price per sector, really low LCC (Low Cost Carriers) will have to improve their bottom lines as the likes of Ryanair (I’ll charge you), Easyjet et all, will not find profit in expansive growth anymore and will have to fall to the realities of the a real business model, and this is all in cattle class as even more changes will come in business class, but these prices do still depend on very stable Fuel costs going into 2010, if they rise then so will the fares by another 5% to 10%.

The only growth area will be in the International LCC (Low Cost Carriers), many have already failed in this new dimension to travel, but some pioneers are paving the trail like AirAsia and Jestar International but once the model is proven many others will quickly come abroad but don’t expect really stupid low international fares here, they will be cheaper than normal route fares but these carriers will want to survive and there is a boundary limit to how far down you can go down with fares as international travel is a completely different model to domestic and short haul travel (European) as you need infrastructure and personal at the other end of the route.

Another factor if it comes to pass is that many countries like Australia are being pressured to drop or reduce their heavy outbound and inbound airport taxes to encourage more traffic, and its these expensive government add-ons that can really make a biggest difference to an airfare price,and that is even domestically and should be curtailed as why should be the airlines that always have to shoulder the costs, these little termites are in many countries a bigger cancer than anything in a good tourism market and if the governments are scared of lost revenue then that is not the case as visitors will still spend more in the country if they are not robbed at the entry point.

..At the moment fares are too cheap and unsustainable and how long they will last is not very long, my guess is the Christmas/New Year 09 period and will not be as severely discounted going into 2010 as they were in 2009 and maybe a few excellent specials will still crop up in the traditionally really low periods, say March and Oct/Nov next year, so with an economic crisis or not airlines will not survive unless they do so, there is also a chance they could even rise sooner to stop the bleeding quicker and once one large influential carrier does so the rest will quickly follow, so the real push from next year for your dollar will be in super economy class with more leg room and better service and higher profitable fares for the carrier, the deals will be there but they will expect you to pay more for them so you win and you lose at the same time.

So if your going to fly on the cheap then fly now..and book quickly because fares will rise, but not enough to break your credit card limit…….

Updated 18th Nov 2009…..
I noted in the above issue that the fare to Europe would be AUS$1600.00 – $1800.00, the recent Fares for early 2010 are AUS$1685.00, and will be basically around AUS$1750.00 late 2010, but we are having the problem of very high fares coming  (USA/European Summer) to try to pull back some profit see current issue Airline passengers are back-so lets get back to work, as this is a cash in to pull back profit it won’t work except maybe in the early (May/June 2010) period, but it will scare more away than bring passengers back into their seats….


V Australia..About time?

Let the Pacific war begin

Let the Pacific war begin

V Australia in their opening up of the Pacific Routes from a monopoly which will have the greatest impact on Australian Aviation since Virgin Blue created the lower prices that stayed around for more than a few months (Impulse, Compass) , and will give Tourism Australia finally a reason to smile, Protectionism of this immensely profitable route will be a real head holding time for Qantas at Mascot, but the reality is Qantas has been a real thorn in the side of Australian Tourism in its approach of profitability on the Pacific Routes both ways, and shows that overly protecting a national Icon can really hurt the the very thing it upholds.

I was far more expensive to fly to Los Angeles and San Francisco than to go to London or Paris, with these gateway costs so high, a return fare to New York was astronomical, it was cheaper to get a around the world ticket than have a return fare to NYC, or fly to London and go across the Atlantic then return was the same price, in other words it was ridiculous.

Qantas has held the country to ransom and knew what it was doing, and the Politicians in Canberra are to take most of the blame in letting the Airline do so. Tourism Australia should have also banged it’s drum far louder than it did and showed more in its mettle in doing what was right and not what monopoly’s can get away with, but Australia has a history of such head in the sand approach, its Two Airline agreement reigned for years until it was finally buried.. again to the benefit of Qantas but not so to Ansett which went south, but since the demise of the policy the local Australian Aviation has thrived like no other with excellent LCC carriers and good fares, And Qantas even benefited too as Jetstar has been a success they could only dream of..

So why get in such a lava over all of this, well not only did Australians pay way over barrier than what they should like in the Two Airline Policy days, but In that it also made Australia a very expensive country to visit, it is far enough away from prime travel markets as it is, but this was keeping arrivals at far lower levels than they should have been and certainly for years and years this has cost Australian Tourism millions and millions in lost revenue to give Qantas a few extra bucks in the bank, in fact Qantas should apologise for its behaviour and give the Australian Traveller a better deal to make up for all its callousness and greed.

Qantas finally only when forced has the Airline has finally dropped its prices from Aus$ 2000 + to around $1200.00 return to counter V Australia’s prices to date of average $1199.00,(both include taxes) that is in some cases a $850.00 drop (or Profit which ever way you look at it), that is a big drop by any Airline standards, but the benefits for the country will now certainly be apparent, but is it a little too late, today with the economic crisis going at full speed the Americans don’t anymore have the spare cash to pop downunder, one benefit though is the exchange rate is well balanced in the USofA’s favour making Australia an excellent value destination, and it almost always tops the most “I want to go there” lists, But for Australians its a bugger of a bad deal, offset only by the cheaper fare.

Qantas has another problem is the 777’s V Australia is using is very competitive on the routes, only the newly minted A380 Airbus’s came just in time to save the day in efficiency and high load factors, Virgin’s product is usually very good too, there are always accolades on their service and the niceys they throw around, if Qantas only had their 747.400’s still running the line, Qantas would have had a small disaster on their hands, old equipment, old service, expensive to run over the same distance, the Airline would have lost money on every takeoff from Mascot if they had matched the new prices, the only saving grace would have been lower fuel costs, but even that would have helped V Australia more than Qantas..

LA – Sydney is first on the 27th February, Followed by LA-Brisbane April 8th, LA-Melbourne Follows in September, worse for Qantas is the Sydney – Johannesburg SA routes have also been applied for, another cash cow gone, so is all of this fair to Qantas?

The answer is no, they should have rationalised the routes years ago, they have to do it now because they simply have too, if the fares had been fair there would have been no competition needed to show the discrepancy of the high fares people have been paying, Qantas will of course state this or that reason of why the fare were slated so high, but the real reason is two fold, inefficient equipment and good profit, now they will be well behind the ball mostly on the Aus-SA route, with the Boeing 787 coming in sometime in the never never.

There is no doubt it will be a tough year for the boys at Mascot, but for everyone else and mostly for the country it should give V Australia a helping hand in doing something Qantas should have done years ago, give the country and its tourism industry a fair go price wise to one of the worlds largest travel markets, so …good onya mate!


The A380 shows off Airbus’ clever new kit – Learmount

The A380 shows off Airbus’ clever new kit – Learmount

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It hurts, It really hurts…where…there in business Class


As the first few months of the new economic year slides by the hurt is coming, early January is always a “I don’t care” month as the wining and dining of the festive new year is still in the blood, but come February and the festivities have been replaced by the stark reality of well everything.

Airports are crowded still but the numbers are well down as they should be, but people generally are getting on with their lives, the Airlines living on the edge have already long gone (XL and co) and the majors have already mothballed inefficient aircraft and layed off excess staff, for many it will be a relief as the frantic building and capacity numbers level off for a short while, Airlines will moan, but times like these are generally good not bad, excess can be bad for business, efficiency very good, the industry was always good at getting both right.

Here is not to say everything is now hunky dory, its not and not by a long run, it will drop deeper yet, and numbers will drop steadily more and more as the year goes on and still more Airlines will fail or merge, but again the system will be better and stronger for it and there will be real winners and losers, LCC carriers are already seeing benefits, the good ones that is, but prices are very low and margins are very small, but bums on seats are constant and people are still moving around and fuel is cheap, so that is good new for all, Long Haul LCC’s are moving up as well for Air Asia is going along as if nothing is happening around them and more and more markets will open to these models as the industry gets lower and lower, good LCC’s are certainly going into good boom times and more and more so as the economies go south.

For the everyone else they have a huge stinking lead weight around their necks…Business Class, I touched upon this situation in my Journal “The New Bloody Battlefield” back in October 2008, now it is more than that, it is the game changer.

Problem is Business Class was the central core of most Airline’s (Mainly Legacy Carriers) profit centres, but in trying to reap as much as they could from the bounty harvest there was really not much price or service difference between either First and Business class, and the gap between them and the rest of us just got wider and wider.

Another if bigger problem is for the last few years is that most Airlines have pored mzillions into this class, almost all front line carriers have reseated and redecorated this area as if there was no tomorrow, now they are well up a stream without a paddle and very expensive hardware to sell to the same people who can’t afford it anymore,

Super Economy was put in to fill the gap between Cattle Class and the high nobs and it does work very well, but the Airlines don’t really want to push it that much (but they do now), One it pulls down the executives from Business so that was a really big no no. two they take up to much space were as they could in the same space put in extra tourist rows for more bodies (and more Money), so that was a really bad idea too, but now the game has changed around and the Airlines are in a real tiddle of what to do, but the reality is they have no options, Super Economy has to work, problem is what will happen to business class?…..If you are paying today $5000.00 for a Business class seat and you can afford it then the extra $1000.00 for first as this is not a stretch, otherwise everyone in Business is going to go down to Super Economy to save big dollars, so what do you do, do you pull out your Business Class and replace them with Super Economy like Air New Zealand and (up the service and cost) a little, or severely discount your Business class seats (and services) to stop the drift, in other words closer to Super Economy than first.

Another problem with Business is Frequent Flyer Points (FFP) discount the seats, and everyone wants (loves) the freebies, if you are flying Super Economy and if Business is close in price then go for the upgrade or if you fly Business and carrying chunks of FFP’s then why not go Super Economy free to Las Vegas…

So to doubt a shift in deep price changes for Business Class has to come and quickly, a lot of freebies will go and just as quickly, so the differences between Business and Super Economy will have to be small(er), mostly the lounges and food, more likely baggage, it would be a good move, someone that flys Super Economy regular now would pay an extra $500.00 to fly business for the extras and the Airlines would stop the drift and prestige of regular business clients going really down market and sitting at the back.

FFP’s are going to be tightened to the point of worthless, extras(which cost little) will be the order of the day for repeat business not free air miles, every seat has to earn now, as the loss of high business traffic income will really hurt the bottom line, the trick will be to be flexible in the fact that Super Economy and Business Class will be almost the same thing, it will be the extras and cap pulling that will change the price, also if you have more business traffic then Super Economy can fill the need and vise-versa, overfill from Super Economy can go up to Business with no loss on either.

But Business Classers don’t expect the grande flourish of attention of yester yore, Airlines and Airports will cut services to the bone to save costs, even First will notice a few cost cutting differences, It is going to hurt Airlines more than you think dropping the price of this lucrative income stream, they will cry loudly as they sweep their pen through the old prices, British Airways and certainly Qantas will have people jumping out of windows at the loss of income..

But what of the redecorating, its is more closer to First than Business in concept so the distance down now from Business to Super Economy is more distinct than ever, the Airlines that skimped a little on the drapes my now have an advantage in flexibility than the more up market redo’s don’t have, so what do you do make it First Class?, or pull out the flashy hardware and put in  something more middle ground, expensive…yes both ways…it will be interesting to watch what they do, otherwise the beautiful seats will be empty, in the short term some upgrades are going to have some very happy clients that will certainly get more of a bang for their buck than they ever dreamed of.

Personally I welcome the idea, it will be more fair than, the them (Rich, First, Business) and the rest of us, they have been lauded and fettled over for years like spoilt rich kids that mostly don’t even pay for their own seats or services, while the rest of us who actually pay for the things (seats) have had services reduced to towel throwing and cups of water and treated as extra cargo (it is a known fact that some Airlines note Economy as Human Cargo!), but we do fill your planes and put profit on your plates, now we are important again to warrant at least some quality services or just plain old fashioned service.

We may even now because the prices are even close to reasonable again pick and fly again in Business Class, now that will be a turnaround, the people who worked and saved their own money getting service……It has to be better…. or I’ll put it on the Visa…oh I forgot, I can’t do that anymore…So just save your money then.

Look at this Richard. Just look at it…

No doubt you have read this, but I’ll list it here for prosperity, Great travel stories can give you day a lift…now all together

‘Look at this Richard. Just look at it’

Virgin: the world’s best passenger complaint letter?

Here we reproduce a complaint letter sent to Sir Richard Branson, which is currently being emailed globally and is considered by many to be the world’s funniest passenger complaint letter.
Dear Mr Branson
REF: Mumbai to Heathrow 7th
December 2008
I love the Virgin brand, I really do which is why I continue to use it despite a series of unfortunate incidents over the last few years.
This latest incident takes the biscuit. Ironically, by the end of the flight I would have gladly paid over a thousand rupees for a single biscuit following the culinary journey of hell I was subjected to at thehands of your corporation.
virgin1_1246696cLook at this Richard. Just look at it:
I imagine the same questions are racing through your brilliant mind as were racing through mine on that fateful day. What is this? Why have I been given it? What have I done to deserve this? And, which one is the starter, which one is the desert?
You don’t get to a position like yours Richard with anything less than a generous sprinkling of observational power so I KNOW you will have spotted the tomato next to the two yellow shafts of sponge on the left. Yes, it’s next to the sponge shaft without the green paste. That’s got to be the clue hasn’t it. No sane person would serve a desert with a tomato would they. Well answer me this Richard, what sort of animal would serve a desert with peas in:
I know it looks like a baaji but it’s in custard Richard, custard. It must be the pudding. Well you’ll be fascinated to hear that it wasn’t custard. It was a sour gel with a clear oil on top. It’s only redeeming feature was that it managed to be so alien to my palette that it took away the taste of the curry emanating from our miscellaneous central cuboid of beige matter. Perhaps the meal on the left might be the desert after all.
Anyway, this is all irrelevant at the moment. I was raised strictly but neatly by my parents and if they knew I had started desert before the main course, a sponge shaft would be the least of my worries. So lets peel back the tin-foil on the main dish and see what’s on offer.
I’ll try and explain how this felt. Imagine being a twelve year old boy Richard. Now imagine it’s Christmas morning and you’re sat their with your final present to open. It’s a big one, and you know what it is. It’s that Goodmans
stereo you picked out the catalogue and wrote to Santa about.
Only you open the present and it’s not in there. It’s your hamster Richard. It’s your hamster in the box and it’s not breathing. That’s how I felt when I peeled back the foil and saw this:virgin3_1246699c

Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking it’s more of that Baaji custard. I admit I thought the same too, but no. It’s mustard Richard. MUSTARD. More mustard than any man could consume in a month. On the left we have a piece of broccoli and some peppers in a brown glue-like oil and on the right the chef had prepared some
mashed potato. The potato masher had obviously broken and so it was decided the next best thing would be to pass the potatoes through the digestive tract of a bird.
Once it was regurgitated it was clearly then blended and mixed with a bit of mustard. Everybody likes a bit of mustard Richard.
By now I was actually starting to feel a little hypoglycaemic. I needed a sugar hit. Luckily there was a small cookie provided. It had caught my eye earlier due to it’s baffling presentation: virgin4_1246702c
It appears to be in an evidence bag from the scene of a crime. A CRIME AGAINST BLOODY COOKING. Either that or some sort of back-street underground cookie, purchased off a gun-toting maniac high on his own supply of  yeast. You certainly wouldn’t want to be caught carrying one of these through customs. Imagine biting into a piece of brass Richard. That would be softer on the teeth than the specimen above.
I was exhausted. All I wanted to do was relax but obviously I had to sit with that mess in front of me for half an hour. I swear the sponge shafts moved at one point.
Once cleared, I decided to relax with a bit of your world-famous onboard entertainment. I switched it on:
virgin5_1246705cI apologise for the quality of the photo, it’s just it was incredibly hard to capture Boris Johnson’s face through the flickering white lines running up and down the screen. Perhaps it would be better on another channel:
virgin6_1246708cIs that Ray Liotta? A question I found myself asking over and over again throughout the gruelling half-hour I attempted to watch the film like this. After that I switched off. I’d had enough. I was the hungriest I’d been in my adult life and I had a splitting headache from squinting at a crackling screen.
My only option was to simply stare at the seat in front and wait for either food, or sleep. Neither came for an incredibly long time. But when it did it surpassed my wildest expectations:
virgin7_1246709cYes! It’s another crime-scene cookie. Only this time you dunk it in the white stuff.
Richard…. What is that white stuff? It looked like it was going to be yoghurt. It finally dawned on me what it was after staring at it. It was a mixture between the Baaji custard and the Mustard sauce. It reminded me of my first
week at university. I had overheard that you could make a drink by mixing vodka and refreshers. I lied to my new friends and told them I’d done it loads of times. When I attempted to make the drink in a big bowl it formed a cheese Richard, a cheese. That cheese looked a lot like your baaji-mustard.
So that was that Richard. I didn’t eat a bloody thing. My only question is: How can you live like this? I can’t imagine what dinner round your house is like, it must be like something out of a nature documentary.
As I said at the start I love your brand, I really do. It’s just a shame such a simple thing could bring it crashing to it’s knees and begging for sustenance.
Yours Sincererly

Paul Charles, Virgin’s Director of Corporate Communications, confirmed that Sir Richard Branson had
telephoned the author of the letter and had thanked him for his “constructive if tongue-in-cheek” email. Mr
Charles said that Virgin was sorry the passenger had not liked the in-flight meals which he said was
“award-winning food which is very popular on our Indian routes.”
© Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2009
Virgin: the world’s best passenger complaint letter? – Telegraph

Heathrow squashes a village……


There is a lot of ho-ha about the fate of a village called Sipson that is situated slightly north of the United Kingdom’s largest Airport, Heathrow, It’s about to become a flat piece of tarmac, in other words a third runway for the London Gateway, 700 people are going to get the short shift to nowhere, and the pollutants of big bad aviation will make everyone within a 500 mile radius wear face masks and have cancer and bugger what else, daft decision, big brother trampling on good home owners of decent descent, lobbyists crying fowl…it’s outrageous, disgusting, bad, painful, how could they do this to us, we are decent god fearing people being bullied around…….those big uncaring bastards the government and big business.

I understand that losing your home and your community is a painful thing, people born, raised and die in their lifetime like to know what home is, roots, friends, neighbours, acquaintances that you meet everyday and not know their name but say hello too and know them because they live by you, and are part of your life, it will all be gone soon because you will have to move too Torquay or Bath.

For politicians this was the evil decision, you lose which way you go, yes or no, but they have to make a decision and they make it on facts and what they hope is right..not on bias or emotional and mainly not on minority groups using the decision to further their own agenda, and yes i mean you Greenpeace, I like Greenpeace but it is more about them than what is right, that has me bothered, sell your land now because it is a stupid thing to do, and move on and save Antarctica, it is a more willing cause.

But first I would like to deal with a another craw of propaganda that is the token of the media and what else nowadays, the green debate, fouling the world of despicable pollutants of the sheer killing of millions per year, Global Warming proportions…that is really making me bang my fist in sheer anger of stupidness..

Aviation is a monster of gigantic proportions and is killing all of us, dead….deadly toxic fumes and cancer is raining down on us from the heavens in black death proportions every time a plane takes off or lands, we demand better, and, and…….la de da da…..crap.

What a load of crap…crap…crap…crap…Greenpeace Crap

Got my point..good, that is now off my chest.

First out of 100% of total pollutants created the whole Aviation industry, that is everything from hangliders to an A380 Airbus they create 9% of the emitiants, that is only 9%!, when you light your fire to keep you warm at night you are creating..30%, drive your car..40% and so on, you are a far worse polluter just doing your everyday jobs than the whole Aviation Industry will ever be…..and they are at least getting better at looking after the planet than what anybody else has have ever done since you were born.

but still they keep banging on about they will cause us to gasp our last gasp and then they all go to the Airport get on a plane and go home…including Greenpeace, morons, contradiction of shear ineptitude of their own self importance, they are the problem not the moral voice.

In the 1960’s Aircraft were dirty, very smoky and noisy  but as there was only about two thousand of them flying over our heads so it didn’t make that much of a impact, fair enough, but since the revolution of the High Bypass engine things have got a lot better, in the US there is approximately 50,000 flights per day, and 7,000 takeoffs every hour, so you can’t expect with that sort of volume not to have an impact, but engine technology as gone forward in huge jumps of efficiency that are staggering by other transport standards, new generation aircraft like the Airbus A380 has 17% less fuel burn than the Boeing 747-400, the one it will replace, while carrying 20% more passengers, the New Boeing 787 will have 30% lower fuel burn than the Boeing 767 the aircraft that machine will replace while the NOx emissions are about 46% less per aircraft than the 767, that is nearly half, yes half the pollutants that the same aircraft delivers  today, which are still excellent if not exceptional compared to their 1970’s retired designs, but still aviation is pushing forward on the geared turbo fan that will re-engine fleets flying today will be 15% more cleaner and more efficient, and the use of recent trials of Bio-Fuels will help more in the emissions of cleaner air from these powerplants, IATA notes “that In 2008 alone airlines saved 15 million tonnes of CO2 with more streamlined procedures, which amounted to US$5 billion worth in savings”…and still Aviation looking even more forward to better still to programs to reduce emissions and the effects of their engines on the environment, again IATA notes “Using its four pillar strategy, IATA forecasts that the aviation industry will reduce its emission by 4.5% in 2009“, and they are doing that continuously, constantly, investing in new expensive technology to make your world better, while providing you with a service that is essential for the world to function in its modern climate.

My point is if the car you drive in the 70’s had seen the same evolution of efficiency that Aviation has produced now flying, your car would do about 250mpg and create only 8% of the pollutants it did in back then, do you drive that car, no, but you do fly on that aircraft and an industry that has worked to produce a product that is very efficient, and by the time the Heathrow’s third runway is operational, 80% of the aircraft flying in and out of that facility will be new or re-engined to those cleaner highly monitored statistics.

Do I work for an airline.. no, the government.. no, I do work in travel, so I see the benefits everyday, and like you is very grateful of an excellent system that has tried to do the right thing, and has done, not just talked about it, unlike car companies and power utilities that have taken our money and are now looking for handouts to fix their non-existent emissions and 70’s style inefficiency…i’m angry yes, because it is justified, but when it comes to paying these morons, it will be from taxes gathered at airports that is burdening an industry that has already done the right thing, not looked the other way. and angry at the media for constantly flouting the very industry that has tried to create a better transport system, that its very own problems are caused by its own success, and which the media use everyday for their job, so they should know better.

Which brings us to Heathrow, in our business its called Deathrow, why, because its position next on of the worlds largest cities, has created a demand by us, that has overwhelmed the infrastructure faster than you can build it, Unlike Dubai, Heathrow is situated in an old economy, around London there is no space to build a super gigantic airport that will just roll out into the desert, no matter where they build anything here, there will be people there, born there, died there, breed cockatoos there, England is a very small place with millions of people trying to survive on a space the size of an ironing board.

67 Million passengers a year will flow through these buildings, that is nearly all of the United Kingdom’s population one by one going through its doors, so what are you going to to, close it down, move it, when Heathrow was  first opened as a major gateway in 1953, the Terminal was called the Europa building, it then saw a trickle of passengers that accelerated to 14 million by 1968, it was fixed up, patched up and ad-hocked year after year, every year after that to cater for the the ever increasing hoards, so we complained about it, did nothing about it, just complained, but Deathrow is bulging at its seams, its a miracle it coped so well, but in this day and age its just not good enough, coming from Hong Kong or even Communist China, it feels like well..Deathrow, not a brilliant gateway or any sort of reflection on a modern country that prides itself on that “Britain is best”, in other words is a disgrace on our culture, we should be ashamed of it, and what do we do, we complain even more and make it as bloody hard as possible to fix it, its our fault, we should be ashamed of our backward thinking and head in the sand rhetoric.

It took 15 years to build Terminal 5, 15 years of what, to build something on empty airport land, it uprouted no one and why are there people there?, when Heathrow was started it was a few villages around an old RAF airbase and that was it, we didn’t ask you to build hundreds of houses under the flightpaths and right up to the airport fence, they came after, way after the fact and the airport was already there, if you move close to and live next to an airport and a major gateway it will be busy, noisy, expensive, its a major port, its important, it makes the country a lot of money and allows services like newspapers to be delivered daily to your door, it services you, your needs, your standards, your country, and the infrastructure required to do this is enormous, hotels, car hire, engineering, food, shops..15 years of waiting caused so much pain and loss of income, jobs and for what, nothing, and now its all going to start again at Sipson, most people living around Heathrow to the north are connected to Heathrow in one form or another that if you said to the workers in Sipson, we will close it down and be done with it, no doubt their first cry will be , “you can’t do that its my job”!, so what do you do, people are a pain sometimes, they want something that suits them one way, but don’t you dare change it because that is going to cost me my job or income, Heathrow can’t but help get bigger, and you can’t move it to Luton, Stanstead or Gatwick, they are just too far away to service London, whether you like it our not you are stuck with Heathrow, if you don’t like the smell then move, its a free country, no one is stopping you staying there, but don’t complain about it if it puts food on your table and pays your mortgage, but most of all accept that this is the first place the world will see of our country, so it should be the best damn airport in the world, we want you to come, be proud of our homeland, hold out our arms in friendship, but that will not happen with a load of old codgers that hate everything that won’t change anything that doesn’t suit them.

The world is changing, airports are the main ports today and are vital to the country, stifle them and you are costing the country money, mostly jobs and travel money, it flows on if people don’t come to Heathrow, they won’t get a taxi to the city, stay in a hotel, go see a show, have a meal, buy a souvenir, buy a sweater in Oxford street, that means for every traveller that goes to Dubai instead of London, you lose a cab fare, hotel bill, show ticket, over priced trinket, and wool off the sheep’s back, that is money, and that is jobs, lots of jobs, your job..would you rather that money go to an Arab, because he has a brilliant Airport, Massive amazing hotels, huge shopping malls, sunshine and camel hair sweatshirts, no of course not but that is what you are up-against, and the Arabs will win, because their airport is bloody brilliant and ours is a musty inefficient, backward, 50 year old terminal, like our countrymen and women.

Sipson not about the environment, its about change, and only change can fix the environment, how many flights from Heathrow did Emma Thompson make last year, or any airport to that fact as she is the cause of the damage and not the airport, the aviation industry is trying it’s best to do something, then why don’t you, at home, by forcing manufactures to build efficient cars, then lower your dependence on power, or stop household waste by not buying shit and expensive packaging and do the right thing yourself before sitting out all night on where a runway should be, trying to stop people or goods flying in or out is not going to work, its the way we survive, its jobs and money for families, flying is not going away, stopping the third runway will not stop planes coming to the United Kingdom, it will send them elsewhere with your money in their pockets, and the ongoing effect is everyone’s loss.

We should be applauding people that are willing to invest in our future, not want to put a shovel through them, they are our future, our jobs and the face of our country to the world, make Deathrow.. Heathrow again and be proud of it, it may even put the Great back into Great Britain again…but somehow, it just seems to against our character of a land of moaners and groaners….of why everyone else is doing better than us, well chaps its time to have look in your own backyard to see why.

More fuel please…I’m leaving from Brussels.


Its enough to make any ramp operator parrot sick, and why most airlines can’t figure out why they run short of fuel coming home every time they send a plane to Brussels, now the culprit has been found, its Chocolate!…

In 2007, one shop in Brussels Airport…the so called “Chocolate Shop”..funny that, sold more than 850 tonnes of that heavy chocolatey stuff..mind boggling isn’t it, no wonder the planes there struggle to get off the ground….worse is…

…they have just finished an extension….to sell more!