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XL holiday firm collapse Dozens more travel firms will go under experts say

There are 8 comments on the www.telegraph.co.uk story from Sep 12, 2008, titled XL holiday firm collapse Dozens more travel firms will go under experts say. In it, www.telegraph.co.uk reports that:

Holidaymakers have been warned dozens of travel firms are on the brink of collapse after Britain's third largest tour operator went bust.

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George

United States

#1 Sep 12, 2008
You get what you pay for! Be careful about flying on so called low cost airlines who may not be able to stay in business, and then you lose you money and get stranded in a far away location. If you have to buy a ticket on short notice be prepared to pay a lot of money!
jetinspector

Sanford, FL

#2 Sep 13, 2008
George wrote:
You get what you pay for! Be careful about flying on so called low cost airlines who may not be able to stay in business, and then you lose you money and get stranded in a far away location. If you have to buy a ticket on short notice be prepared to pay a lot of money!
Were Eastern,Pan Am, TWA, Braniff, Western, etc. "so called low cost airlines"? The point is that regardless of being called a "legacy" or "low cost carrier", this industry is in deep, deep trouble!!
George

Jacksonville, FL

#3 Sep 13, 2008
jetinspector wrote:
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Were Eastern,Pan Am, TWA, Braniff, Western, etc. "so called low cost airlines"? The point is that regardless of being called a "legacy" or "low cost carrier", this industry is in deep, deep trouble!!
Hate to tell you that some of the airlines you mentioned did not go out of business, but were purchased by other airlines.

The Low Cost especialler smaller airlines no one is interested in buying and will go down the tubes as their bread and butter leisure traveler dries up with fuel induced higher operating costs.

southwest is in big trouble!
Prospective Pax

AOL

#4 Sep 13, 2008
ah so why are XL of France and
XL of Germany not doing rescue flights of the stranded passengers.

They are all a part of the same company and brand.

Hell even in Europe big airline business gets away with passenger robbery.
jetinspector

Sanford, FL

#5 Sep 13, 2008
George wrote:
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Hate to tell you that some of the airlines you mentioned did not go out of business, but were purchased by other airlines.
The Low Cost especialler smaller airlines no one is interested in buying and will go down the tubes as their bread and butter leisure traveler dries up with fuel induced higher operating costs.
southwest is in big trouble!
You are correct in your statement that some of the airlines were purchased by other carriers, HOWEVER, the reason was not because they were successful by any means, and quite often it was for the routes only (International). Once in a blue moon, the buyouts are also for the equipment (aircraft), such as Southwest buying Morris Air, but this is usually not the case. Additionally, buyouts often occur in order to "eliminate competition" in a market, which then allows for higher fares in that particular market. Nonetheless, I stick by my original statement that the airline industry is "RAVAGED", and really has no chance of being successful again UNLESS THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES, which should include a possible form of "semi regulation" of the industry. I have no idea of what else can be done. Afterall, the pensions have been dumped (United), huge reductions in staffing, pay & benefits, aircraft parked, etc., WHAT"S LEFT???? Here's a thought ... how about we have anyone who wants to work for an airline ... pay to work there. Afterall, it's such a delightful experience!!! I know, it has been my career. Interestingly enough, tonight is my last night on my job with a 121 airline ... I have had enough!!!!
Prospective Pax

AOL

#6 Sep 13, 2008
Yes airline industry is done as a civilized form of transportation. Even the ones up in premium cabins are mixed with the unwashed masses of rabble who now permeate the nations airports
FLoyd

UK

#7 Sep 15, 2008
Prospective Pax wrote:
Yes airline industry is done as a civilized form of transportation. Even the ones up in premium cabins are mixed with the unwashed masses of rabble who now permeate the nations airports
Actually Pax, the whole country is headed the same way. Wallmart pay and pricing and continuing lowering of the bar for civility. Look at what passes for family television. We watch low life exhibitionists fight and flash body parts on shows like Jerry Springer and are subject to foul mouthed slanderous posts on commentary sites such as this one.

On the positive side, five times as many people are flying now than in 1978. AA had 3,500 pilots in 1978 and now have 12,000 even with the elimination of three man aircraft. Airliners are sold out for years due to high demand worldwide.
All forms of transportation start out as perks for the wealthy; horse drawn carriages, autos, steamships and airline flights were all once luxuries for the rich but are now available to the average citizen. If you all want to return to the environment of the 60's and 70's, you would also have to lay off half of the industry's employees.
Prospective Pax

AOL

#8 Sep 15, 2008
Yes good point........ I guess Space Travel will be the next venue to be decivilized....Lets get ready for that!

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