Well That Lounge Didn’t Last Long and the Biggest Product Downgrade Ever?

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  1. Any word whether LEVEL will have an AARP discount? I doubt it, but who knows. From a business standpoint, OpenSkies was a pretty ridiculous concept, but good for consumers. With the AARP discount, I bought coach tickets to Paris last summer for about $99 each way plus tax — and got above-average service (especially in the mini-coach cabin of their 757). I’m also skeptical that LEVEL is a good business model (there’s no evidence that a low cost transatlantic model works, and BA is unlikely to actually have low costs), but I’m certain it won’t be as good a passenger experience as flying OpenSkies on a cheapo fare.

  2. The laundry thing is tacky, but kind of brilliant. It’s so dry in most aircraft that the clothes wont be wet for long and it provides some needed humidity for the flight.

  3. We’ve got to assume the “laundry” in that photo is a result of some kid (the clothes look small) getting sick on the flight, right? Maybe they didn’t have a change of clothes so they rinsed them off in the lavatory and hung them to dry as much as possible for landing? That’s the only somewhat reasonable explanation I can come up with for someone to do that.

  4. It’s possible those clothes were displayed that way to try and sell them and get enough cash to move up to economy extra seats and out of the economy basic section. this is also known as basic economics.

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