a lot of commarderie and good vibes re FJ. I like reading the posts, even Nuri, the harvinger of doom. I don't believe he lost the money he said he had , but that's bye the bye. I think people care about the aircraft involved and they follow them, the Birds. There is a chance. I might just buy a few at the next cash call.
Seemingly I don't think anyones association with the SA president puts them too popular with the rest of South Africa as was evidenced during Mandela's funeral gathering, that important connection in our network needs a serious marketing revamp. Even early this year it went down another notch when the son 2 involved in a fatal car crash was not breathalysed even though its the law, some are openly working above it, alienating themselves and partners further.
A tough ride back to get in favour again from this one.
It could be part of a master plan, which comes first the chicken or the egg. Fastjet can by route allocate a lower number of base price seats but leave the new early booking headline price in place, which in turn could increase the PAX numbers to allow daily flights to JNB to increase visibility. This could be in preparation for a South Africa Base which would need daily flights to link into our DAR destinations. I think that if the result of this was daily flights, then business on this route would be more acceptable for business flights.
Have been following this board for some time now, came across these photos while browsing a Dublin aviation forum. Thought they may interest some members. Personally I'd love to get out to the airport and have a look at her!
FJET want the SA public championing the needs and benefits of low airfares as this will pressurise government and help FJET get more routes and/or the domestic franchise too. What better way to get the public talking up FJET even if it is a loss leader. Cheaper and more effective than press and Tv ads. I expect the cheeky prices will command TV and press in any case.
As long as it's financially viable then I see this as a good move. They need something to fill the planes and this hasn't happened so far. Maybe competition, flight times, lack of trust etc...who knows but like the sale it's good to give away cheap tickets so that more experience and appreciate Fastjet. They could be passengers for life then.
I wish they would just be straight with us regarding the DAR - JNB route. They talk about this popular route for leisure and business travelers. If that was the case, they would not be reducing fares to the level mentioned on the blog for a flight duration of 3 hours 40 mins each way and they would have increased the number of rotations per week.
This route has been operational for 11 months now and has never appeared to be busy.
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