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Flying the Family Friendly Skies

Flying the Family Friendly Skies

The phrases family friendly and the airline industry do not often find their way in the same sentence.  It is difficult enough to travel alone as an adult, especially if you add on flight delays, cancellations, layovers, etc.  But to be confined in a cramped seat for hours with nothing to do but look at a Sky Mall can be downright impossible for a small child. 

 

With rising fuels costs, the airlines seem to be worrying less about a passenger’s comfort and more about trying to make a profit.  One company, which claims to have a different take on the whole idea of air travel, is Family Airlines.  Earlier this year, Family Airlines submitted an application to fly with the DOT (Department of Transportation). 

 

The Las Vegas based company is still in the beginning stages and waiting for approval before they can begin sending flights out.  According to their website, Family Airlines would target families as well as travelers on a budget.  Their fares would be drastically lower than most airlines, boasting coast-to-coast one-way tickets for $69 and shorter trips for just $19. 

 

The airline also plans to open a “family section” designed specifically for passengers traveling with children.  So when your four year old decides he needs to go to the bathroom for the third time in ten minutes, fellow passengers from the “family section” would probably be more sympathetic than most.

 

Family Airlines founder and CEO Barry Michaels explains how the airline plans to make money while offering such low cost fares, “While the primary source of revenue for most airlines is passenger ticket sales the Family Airlines strategy will depend on the development of alternative profit centers to generate additional sources of revenue.”  This means they will rely heavily on extra purchases like food, drinks, movies, video games, and email access.

 

 

What do you think of the idea of a more family friendly airline?

 

Do you think Family Airlines’ business model will work if it receives approval from the DOT?

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  • smiddlemore By smiddlemore
    10.16.08  

    My family consists of two toddlers, me and sometimes my husband we fly mostly international flights and have noticed a considerable decline in family friendly airlines. I loved flying China Airlines they had the most helpful and understanding airline staff, unfortunatly the airline isn't very safe to fly, so we forgo comfort for a little security. Flying has become a nightmare. Airline staff are usually grumpy and less than helpful and often downright hostile, and this all befoer we even board the plane. In one situation both my children had fallen asleep and a flight attendant was handing out meals I asked if he could hold my childrens meal in the back till they woke up his words " I can't promise anything" sure enough when I asked for those meals an hour later only one was still left. I kept thinking - I paid $$$ for service like this, and in any other situation I would ask for my money back. I would LOVE to see an Airline that could offer a family friendly experience, safety in flight and all at a reasonable price!

  • tangeemct By tangeemct
    10.16.08  

    This is awesome! When my children were young and we lived on the opposit coast from our family, it was very difficult to fly a young family of 4 back and forth on holidays. We were a military family for 20 years and the money we spent flying back and forth just so papa and grandma could see their grandchildren were brutal on an enlisted person's checkbook.

    When I saw this idea, I immediatly thought of all the young families separated from their loved ones or those of us on a tight budget that suddenly have a funeral to attend, or the numerous reasons we have to fly the friendly skies.

    One time we were bumped to first class much to the excitement of our then 7 year old who apparently thought she was royalty. I had to stop her from bugging the crap out of the flight attendants with buzzing them every time a thought popped in her head "do you have magazines, are those cookies I smell, do I get one? I need a blanket, it's too hot, can I get another drink?

  • hmngbrd By hmngbrd
    10.18.08  

    I certainly would use this airline. With 4 small grandchildren, this would be the perfect way to travel for family vacations.

  • ander10e By ander10e
    10.24.08  

    I love it! Flying with small children can be quite painful for passengers traveling without kids.

  • raisinrom By raisinrom
    12.05.08  

    Seems like all the mothers love this idea. I'm going to take a risk of making people angry. This entire country is geared around FAMILY and rewarding familes, child deductions . . . What about us single folks ? This airline claims to give discounts to those "on a budget". What are the parameters of "those on a budget" ? So if you're a family, you automatically get a discount, but if you are single, you aren't considered a FAMILY and you have to PROVE you are on a budget in order to get a discount ? To tell you the truth, ONE child on an airplane is bad enough, I wouldn't DARE fly Family Airlines and be subjected to numerous, miserable, screaming kids in an enclosed space for hours on end ! I DO apologize to those rare children who ARE well-behaved and those great families who raised them. I know they are out there, unfortunately they aren't the majority.

  • kokonut1966 By kokonut1966
    08.17.09  

    I don't like this idea at ALL! Here we go again...me getting stuck in front of some kid who's screaming and kicking my seat!! Ugh! And I don't even like to fly as it is!

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