Chris Skinner gets in his rant about BA, and mine about Virgin follows. The scary thought, tho, is that the new CEO at Turquoise seems to think airlines are a model of customer service:
In his presentation at Finexpo, Turquoise CEO Eli Lederman drew an extended analogy between trading venues and airlines with the entirely counterintuitive suggestion that airlines are delivering far superior services since deregulation.
Does he know an airline that I don’t, or does he just fly in the front of the plane?
So let me recount my flight over from Newark
Around 3 a.m. Friday I awakened to finish packing for an 8 a.m. flight from Newark Newark
Which took me to a call center in India India
I tried a few more calls to Virgin with some variations such as selecting “new reservations” to find someone helpful. No luck. I called Continental. Their systems hadn’t been updated by Virgin and showed the flight out of Newark
I drove to JFK where the Virgin desk couldn’t find my reservation. They sent me to ticketing where the issue was quickly resolved and, even after one of the slower security lines in at least a week, I made it to the flight with minutes to spare. And yes, they plan to fly me back to JFK.
Tell me again, Eli, what this promises for Turquoise?
Wouldn’t you think that when an airline is canceling a flight because it is underbooked that they would at least provide a direct line through to a reservations agent who could handle the change? Wouldn’t it be lovely if the airline had a policy that they would get you back to the departure airport and informed its agents? How about if the people on the phone could actually see the ticket record and were able to take intelligent action?