Saturday, August 30, 2008

Airline differentiation

Flying is really a glorified (or perhaps even less-dignified) taxi ride, which is why consumers are so ruthlessly price-driven when buying tickets. Airlines have tried to differentiate themselves to convince consumers to pay more, with more success...

... and less...

But for the business traveler, I recently noticed one small feature that I'd pay more for, especially on a 2+ hour flight - A/C power.

This is from 757-200(E), located near the floor directly underneath the arm rest. I've seen them on a few flights, but never mentioned by the airline. The flight attendants didn't know anything about them. They are connected to the In-Flight Entertainment bus; in case they are off, they can be turned by by resetting the IFE bus, which can be done most easily before takeoff.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008