Hi Marksman, this is another lesson in African life & I don't think you need worry about discretion in repeating it. Death is treated much more matter of factly in Africa than we do in the West, people will openly talk about the death of loved ones, almost, as if it was just one of those things. When I was there I met a European guy who had knocked over & killed a young girl, strictly I think she may have run out in front of his vehicle but that is how it would've been described in our press. As he actually stopped & rushed the girl to the nearest medical facilities (unfortunately she still died) the family then held him in high regard & treated him as a close friend. Why? Because he had actually tried to help her whereas the standard practice in Africa, if a person or animal has been injured, is to leave the scene post haste before local justice is applied.
(the normal course of action in any African crash is to leave the scene post haste)
Of course I entirely agree with you! I think I should’ve qualified my opinion that the three month period should not automatically be foreshortened as in the current example you give (28 Jul–28 Sep) but the ‘deadline’ extended a month, every month to maintain the three-month window. ie: now it should be 28 October.
However, I respect your usual practical analysis and conclusions and am happy to have my opinion overridden! :-) I do see the sense of what you and others are saying especially with your evidence. Let’s hope the BoD see it too.
I am off shortly on the mothership for a few days, flying sadly with eJet rather than fjet – that’ll be this time NEXT year, Rodney! But I should be within spitting distance of a wifi signal so shall be popping in daily. Especially Wednesday.
Hi Marksman, Still probably of the view that launching the future flight schedules further in advance would be advantageous to fastjet for a couple of reasons.
Firstly you will see responses on Facebook telling customers to book as far in advance as possible to secure the cheapest fares, which becomes more difficult as we approach 28th September. Also, I checked the prices for the last week of the current flight schedules and some, especially the Mwanza route, are selling at 5 times base price, which suggests people are now booking well in advance. It is therefore likely that there are potential customer's who would like to book tickets beyond 28th September, who cannot currently do so, and I don't like the idea of our competitors being the beneficiaries of this situation.
You could well be correct. My thought on it though is that maybe fastjet think it wise to limit publication in these early days to three months until its booking patterns are more established, allowing some fine-tuning to the scheduling after every quarter and results are known?
I do see the negative side of this but my main reasoning – and possibly theirs? – is not to damage the company’s reputation for reliability that has been so assiduously earned, by risking more frequent last-minute cancellations and passengers beginning to think we’re going the way of past “such outfits”?
I agree, we should be publishing earlier when we can - there most be some routes which new services won't impact.
The following exchange on Facebook talks of a 'new' timetable, ie not just extending the existing service pattern: ~ Grayson F Mwakasege: When are you opening up booking for Sep -- 26 July at 17:44 ~ fastjet: Hi Grayson the new flight schedule is coming soon, please sign up to our mailing list to be one of the first to know! -- 26 July at 20:42
Discretion got the better of me yesterday after I’d come across the following Facebook entry which despite the opening and touching allusion to recent air disasters, made me chuckle. But I didn’t wish to seem insensitive.
However, if you can get past that, his ‘practical’ suggestion for fastjet’s ‘solution’ is really very funny in its naivety IMHO. I hope you agree, on this, so far, very quiet morning. It may be found under the “Win flights with fastjet” panel.
‪”Lance Rusere‬ ummm i am now afraid of planes they are disappearing in the skies. I would be grateful if you have bus and Cruise Ship Tickets. Thanks” –– 26 July at 03:05
I have just been reading the Ryanair 1st Quarter results and one statement I found of interest was, that as a result of launching their Summer 2014 flight schedules earlier resulted in them raising their forward bookings and load factor by 4% and enabled them to better manage their close-in yields.
At the moment fastjet's flight schedules only go out to 28th September, which is only two months away. I wonder if we could learn anything from Ryanair and publish flight schedules earlier, which may help with our forward bookings, load factor and better management of close-in yields. It could well be that some business beyond 28th September is being lost to our competitors due to no flight schedules being available.
nuri lost thousands and thousands on fjet and nuri problem is that fjet is along investment but nuri thought he could make a quick buck but has gone sour and does not want to see fjet shareholders reap in the awards next year
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