Let’s end this week on a lighter note (<= pun intended).
Loyal readers know that I’ve been a long-standing of airlines charging by the pound rather than having a flat fare that is applied to all passengers – small, big and supersized.
Applying the principle, GoAir, an Indian low-cost carrier, now only hires female flight attendants because they are on average 10-15 kg lighter than men. Less weight means less fuel-burn, lower costs, more profit.
According to The Economist, it’s just one of the ways that airlines are shaving costs these days.
Here are some others …
All that may sound penny ante, but the savings add up.
And, some airlines are going long-ball:
For example, Airbus thinks it has a way to cut boarding costs.
The futuristic design is projected to save airlines billions of dollars each year.
And, oh yeah, don’t forget to charge passengers by the pound …