Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific Airlines Finally Emerge!
Again in the news today, is the topic of yet another new airline taking to the skies this week. The airline is named Trans-Pacific and has a cousin named Trans-Atlantic.
Perhaps there aren't enough airlines going under? It does seem a difficult time to launch a new airline - all we know is that they are owned by an unnamed millionaire. He has told the big-wigs that his anonymity is paramount and that if anyone should slip his name to the papers et al, they will be fired - immediately.
Roy Chandler is a pilot for Trans-Pacific. He had this to say:
"All we know is that he is not American. I am still reeling with more airline news that all flights on both airlines will be free - but not free to all.
In an undisclosed board room, the general manager has advised that there will be a means test for anyone who wants to fly with them. That translates into no immediate bookings for flyers - they will have to apply at least 2 months in advance.
Loyalty will pay off handsomely for pilots and other airline staff, should they stay with the airline longer than 2 years. Their salaries will be upgraded by 1 half of their current salary - with a review each 2 years.
Flying with either airline, will afford it's passengers with free meals, free alcohol and free run of the plane - unless the pilot announces otherwise. This means that while the seatbelt sign is off - people may wander through the plane - even to a higher level where there is a lounge with tables and chairs and a bar.
On another note, the means test will involve two years worth of back tax statements, proof that someone is either unemployed or earns below a USD20,000 pay check per year.
Ostensibly, it will give people who could never afford to fly before, the ability to fly for their very first time. For some, this will mean a visit to family overseas for the first time also.
Lounge lizards in the upper area of the plane, will be organized in shifts. Airline attendants will move through the plane, allowing only a particular section, for a stated amount of time to go upstairs. All sections in the plane will be invited at some point during the flight.
Spacious seats that can lay down (similar to the old 1st class seats) have also been added instead of the limited spaces usually in coach. There will be 2 feet in front of each seat, so that travelers may be more comfortable in the long trans-atlantic or trans-pacific flights.
Daily raffles (tickets included with boarding pass) will also be run on each plane. The prizes will range from a passenger's rent being paid for 6 months - to an around the world all paid for ticket during non-peak times.
An all paid for ticket is quite the prize, since the ticket winner will need to fly on other flights not belonging to Trans-Atlantic or Trans-Pacific.
Yesterday, the lines went completely around the block, with people holding tax returns and whatever else is required for the means test.