If you haven’t had the pleasure of flying recently, you may be in for a surprise on your next trip. Customer care and courtesy is a thing of the past. Air flight delays are the rule rather than the exception. Plus it now appears that the airlines are dumping planes in the desert to be mothballed for life. According to one estimate over 800 planes have been dealt the death blow since mid-2008. The results? Higher fares and less concern for the consumers.
On recent trips I have encountered ‘surley’ agents who man the counters who act like they are doing us a favor by letting us board their plane. The food situation on board flights has disintegrated to over priced sandwiches with little taste and no concern for quality. Fortunately sodas still come in cans since I am sure that the quality of drinks uldwo also suffer. On one recent flight I heard one attendant tell a passenger if he wanted a better selection of food he should of sat up in first class.
But the airlines are cutting back on flights, and as this article from the Wall Street Journal states:
Desert storage areas have historically been chop shops for retired jets, but increasingly, airlines are parking newer planes, too — a trend expected to strengthen after the summer travel season.
“We’re getting indications from industry there will be another movement after summer. And it will be next-generation aircraft,” said John Keating, president of Evergreen Maintenance Center Inc., which runs one of the world’s largest aircraft storage facilities here.
Evergreen already has more than 200 jets parked here, and among the planes Mr. Keating expects in Marana: five relatively new Boeing 777 wide-bodies, the jewel of many airplane fleets.
It also states that:
There are Boeing 757s with Northwest Airlines paint markings, 737s with Delta and Alaska tail numbers, Spanair MD-80s, Air Canada 767s, and lots of wide-body 747s, DC-10s and MD-11s from United, Northwest and cargo lines. The remnants of defunct airlines also end up here, such as Maxjet and ATA. There’s even a last reminder of Trans World Airlines parked amid the wide-body jets.
We may be returning to the days when air flight was for the wealthy only.