Economy Airlines Begin Innovating Like Never Before
New Delhi, India: The flights keep getting cheaper, but that is where the good news ends. Masala Air, one of the first economy airlines in India announced the launch of their extreme low-fare flights, which will feature much smaller, non-cushioned third-class seats, and will allow extra passengers to stand in pre-allocated areas.
“This will allow even more Indians to reach greater heights. Greater heights, get it?”
- Ajay Bhalla, CEO of Masala Air
Mr. Bhalla was winking when he said that soon realizing he was not as funny as he thought he was.
“Yes, these are not luxury flights, but how else can someone pay less than a thousand Rupees in Jaipur and find themselves in Bangalore within four hours? This is a new beginning. It really is much better than it sounds.” Mr. Bhalla added, blinking several times.
The rivalry between Masala Air and VioLet Jet, the most popular economy airlines in India, has been keenly followed by Indians, ever since the IPL ended and they had nothing but Big Boss to watch. VioLet Jet even announced a Gareeb-Jahaaz series, dubiously indicating how the overhead baggage space was being replaced by sleeper-berths that cost two hundred Rupees each. However, it seems Wingkisser Airlines had patented the arrangement before they decided they were bored of playing an airline and vanished, saving VioLet Jet employees a lot of embarrassment.
“We have always been the ones to discover new ways to let customers fly at lesser costs.We were the first ones to procure permissions to allow passengers to let other passengers sit on their laps thus giving both parties a generous discount. And in June, we became the first airline to accommodate sleeping bags, air conditioning and oxygen masks in the cargo hold. We even threw mattresses in to make it more comfortable, allowing passengers to travel for as little as five hundred rupees.”
- Pallav Verma, President, VioLet Jet.
The general public has responded very generously and people seem to be flocking in to avail these services.
TNN staff began conducting an extensive survey to see if Indians were okay with such measures, but were soon distracted by fantasies of a new kind of business venture while the competition is thin.