Very interesting article on the state of air travel today

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A most thought-provoking article, Neil, thanks for posting it. This is the first time I recall mention of anyone anywhere interested in other variables than price. I've never thought that 'everyone' wants the cheapest anything. Nobody wants to pay too much, but there are so many other factors. I was surprised that the comfort of Surf's planes wasn't dissected. An 8-pass jet has got to be tiny, right?
 
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many airlines manipulate their OTA/OTD info by padding their timetables. I was looking at SYD/MNL & 3 airlines flew it nonstop on day I looked. Same aircraft, but 3 completely different scheduled flying times.

The low cost Cebu Pacific, who jam 436 seats in their A330-300's was fastest by far, BUT Qantas who were the slowest, could take off an hour late & still arrive early. Very dodgy. So they could have better OTA/OTD results, even though they could have exactly the same stats at Cebu, who would appear to arrive late all the time.
 
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You can search using RouteHappy, it "grades" flights by multiple filters such as leg room, bigger windows, departure/arrival times etc. It is kind of fun to use.
same issue. Route happy uses seat pitch as a measure of legroom, where 2 different flights could have same seat pitch, but one has more legroom due to thinner seat backs.

There's needs to be a measure of legroom. Seat pitch doesn't cover it. All seat pitch is, is the distance between front of one seat & front of next.