Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The Next Big Thing in Low Cost Airlines

Here's a fantastic story from India, via The Times Online, on the next big thing in low cost airlines.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Another Low Cost Airline Pioneer Passes Away

Last year, I commented on the passing away of Sir Freddie Laker, one of the pioneers of the low cost aviation movement.

Sadly, we've just lost another pioneer - Tony Ryan, who formed what is now Ryanair. You can read the New York Times obituary here.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

What do the FT, Radiohead and campaigners against ticket scalpers have in common?

A couple of interesting pricing stories broke overnight. The first comes from the website of London Financial Times, which preempting a similar move by Rupert Murdoch at the website of the Wall Street Journal, announced that it was making much more of its content available free of charge. You can read coverage from the Sydney Morning Herald here, and from The Independent here.

Another big story, reported by the ABC here, and the BBC here, was the decision by the band Radiohead to let fans determine how much they want to pay for their next album – even nothing if they so wish. There are a number of restaurants around the world that offer this sort of pricing model, including one here in Melbourne in the beach side suburb of St Kilda. I can’t remember who told me this, but I do recall hearing that the owner of this restaurant in St Kilda operates a number of eating houses, and guess which one is the most profitable? The one where diners pick the price they pay.

The final story is this one from The Age which talks about how music fans are fighting back against ticket scalpers.