There’s a reason long-haul economy flights conjure a deep hatred for the human race within you.
No, it’s not the lovely flight attendants.
In fact their job is to, wherever possible, make your bad situation ever-so-slightly better. (Because let’s be real, that’s what a 17-hour flight sitting upright in economy is – a bad situation).
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Rather, the onus for the sub-par experience you have as an economy passenger falls upon airlines themselves, and the very ethos they encourage.
If you get the feeling the airline doesn’t give two sh*ts about you in economy, you’ve hit the nail on the head. They really don’t.
As explained in a recent YouTube video with over one million views by Wendover Productions, airlines don’t make any real money out of their economy passengers.
“Economy class is not how airlines make money”, the video states. “The real money, at least for the traditional airlines, is in premium cabins.”
‘Premium cabins’ refers to those that aren’t economy. So, on a modern plane – first class, business class and premium economy.
The video uses the example of an average Boeing 777. If you’ve flown internationally before, you’ve probably been on one. In this hypothetical, a full plane of passengers fly a return-trip between London Heathrow and Washington Dulles airport in the United States.
The video, and screenshots below, show prices in American dollars, but we’ve converted them to Australian.