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EVER STOLEN SOMETHING FROM AN AIRLINE? RFERGUSON
POST OK, I’ll be the first to admit it… I’m guilty! After seeing the Saudia business class lounge in JED I had a sofa selected for my nine-hour transit on the return journey and all I needed was a pillow (I always carry my own light blanket)… where could I find one of them? Upon landing in JED I shoved my J-class pillow in my bag and off I went. I read an interesting article about theft from aircraft, primarily of bedding products. Airlines are upping the ante in the amenity department with more luxurious duvets, pillows, etc. As a result more and more are walking off the aircraft.
Someone disembarking at a home base with a little kiddy wrapped in an economy blanket is one thing. Walking off gung ho with a business class pillow tucked under your arm is another, especially if the aircraft is down route – pillows aren’t changed over away from base, only the covers are changed. So if someone walks off with one, that’s one passenger who will not have one on the return if the flight is full. I know “collectables” aren’t limited to bedding – there’s crockery, cutlery, etc. Virgin Atlantic cheekily printed “pinched from Virgin Atlantic” on the bottom of their salt and pepper grinders, as they’d become so desirable. I’ve even seen people take rolls of toilet paper from the bathrooms and shove them in their cabin baggage.
I will admit to there being five Crabtree & Evelyn Concorde eau de toilette bottles taking pride of place in my bathroom cabinet (not all from the same trip!).
Years ago BA used to have cashmere throws in F, and I think my wife may have forgotten to remove them from around her shoulders on disembarking on a number of occasions. They are made of acrylic now (enhancement?) or some such equivalent, and she has become a reformed character, always leaving them on board.
Great question! I have a stash of metal cutlery from most airlines I’ve flown (teaspoons are my favourite). I’ve never taken a pillow or blanket purely due to lack of space in my carry-on, but often been tempted. When I was young I did collect safety cards – which may have been rather selfish in hindsight. I do have a nice linen headrest with the Aegean logo on it on my bedroom armchair. I also have a lovely MEA branded coffee mug. Previously, when I travelled far less frequently, such collectables had more meaning to me. Nowadays, the less carry-on/off luggage the better.
Yes, I like to have a souvenir teaspoon from each new airline like another respondent. I have also when undertaking a long car trip requiring a snooze en route taken a pillow and blanket. I also have a nice Virgin mug and of course an S&P set (as they do invite this particular one as another respondent said!). And the BA business creams on occasion. I also use the BA/ Virgin pyjamas all the time!
EMIRATES AND PREMIUM ECONOMY RFERGUSON
POST So after years of speculation it sounds like this is going to happen. In a podcast Q&A with Tim Clarke regarding premium economy, he explicitly states that they will be installing premium economy on the new A380s arriving in 2020 and the entire concept has already been “specced”. I wonder if we will see other ME airlines follow suit?
Of course we will – even though QR continues to claim its economy class is as good as its rivals’ premium economy. In EK’s case introducing premium economy had to happen at some stage. More and more of its non-Gulf rivals have introduced premium economy in recent years and as you know EK is not about flying people to and from Dubai alone.
No premium economy gives great things to travellers over economy, only minor tweaks that we previously had in a decent ordinary economy… but, it gives the airlines vast extra profit per seat for a negligible investment… at least long haul in business seats you actually get something worthwhile.
As a frequent user of premium economy on Air Canada, BA/Openskies and Norwegian, I completely disagree. I've never had 38″ (or 43″) pitch in economy. To have 23 per cent extra seat pitch is excellent and whilst not exactly like an older cradle seat, not that far off, either. In fact, Open Skies 757 Prem Plus seats are old BA cradle seats, fitted with 38″ pitch. So premium eco is not that far away from business class in 2000, in terms of seating, though a long way away in F&B terms.