March 12th, 2003
|02:05 am - Now eh, now eh, calm down, calm down|
Did a good-silly thing this afternoon. I expect I'll probably own up to it in a few weeks or so. No clues until then.
New low-cost airline announced today: NOW. Their gimmick is that all their seats on each flight will cost the same price and that they have fixed price schedules which do not change. Sounds like an imaginitive try, though it's probably easier to sell "from GBP 5" than it is to sell "GBP 35". It also doesn't help that the price they quote includes most of the taxes, but one tax is left unadded - so people used to seeing prices including tax and prices excluding tax now have to consider the possibility of this midway waver.
They're based at London Luton, which seems like a very brave try going up against Easyjet (not to mention that Hapag Lloyd Express fly there as do even Ryanair, albeit from Milan only) but I think their destinations look broadly OK and fairly major for a low-cost. Their GBP 35 (OK, practically GBP 40) one-way to Manchester looks imagnitive, but I'm not sure that there would be much time or money saved over the train in practice. Perhaps it might work for people who need to travel in the mornings when the trains are absurdly expensive, or perhaps it might work for people who want to get from somewhere very near Luton Airport to somewhere very near Manchester Airport as opposed to just non-specifically London to Manchester. Booking starts at the end of the month and the airport spill the beans suggesting that flights should start on June 14th.
Their site also invites you to apply for their jobs en bloc, saying "We are building a new business and will need to fill a number of exciting positions ranging from admin and finance to sales and marketing." and inviting you to submit an application to them with no particular position in mind. Got to be worth a try. I have half a suspicion that their unduly weird CV-submission system is suggesting that hundreds of people have already registered interest in working for their company on its first day, but it could well be lying - I know that's the sort of stunt I'd pull if I were running the web site! :-)
Current Mood: geeky
This place is much with the teensy airlines. Somehow I feel I should be flying more places just because I can. I do still need to get to Ireland before I go home for good...
Odd that they would only include some of the taxes. Annoying, if you ask me, which they obviously didn't. ;)
So... what was this good-silly thing that you did? Sounds intriguing. *waits impatiently*
O'T00b would seem to be a good way to visit at least the Dublin parts of Ireland in entertaining company. Oh, and Ryanair are starting Dublin <-> Blackpool flights on 1st May. Blackpool has only a dinky little airport for whom scheduled flights are a novelty, but it would be more convenient for you than Liverpool Airport and might be more convenient for you than Manchester. (Ryanair are relatively expensive from Manchester - bit of a bust-up.)
That reminds me, have you visited Blackpool yet? It would have been better during Illuminations season, but it's still worth seeing even off-season. The Pleasure Beach is open at the weekends already and should be so until April 6th, then probably open every day from April to about November. Grab your coaster buddies and have a ball, especially now while there are only negligible queues. :-) (Hint: you can buy an unlimited-ride wristband for GBP 13 or GBP 15 instead of the standard GBP 26 from http://www.bpbltd.com/
- if you like big coasters, I think you'd easily get GBP 13 or GBP 15 worth from it.)
NOW: the price they quote includes the landing fees and so forth levied by the airports, which are normally counted as extra taxes, but doesn't include the cost of the actual governmental tax.
No clues = no clues, I'm afraid.
My pattern-matching instincts make me suspect that joining Now now leads inexorably to being made redundant by Ryanair sometime in 2005. I may be unnecessarily cynical there, but then hey, I *am* unnecessarily cynical... :-)
Don't let my cynicism stop you though, as my incapacity for correctly assessing business prospects is legendary!
my incapacity for correctly assessing business prospects is legendary
*nods, smiles gallows-humour smile*
Oops. I totally didn't mean that remark to have any connotations beyond face value self-mockery - sorry. All things considered (keeping recent items of post particularly in mind), that really wasn't tact the way it ought to be. :-(
Oh well, add total inability to read what I'm writing to my little list of faults. I'm headed off to slam my ears in the oven door now! :-}
No problem, mate. It's only a problem if you get a *frown* rather than a *gallows-humour smile*. :-)
... I'll get my ears back out of the oven now. :-)
Wasn't very impressed at reading :
We successfully sold [item] for [amount of money] on
behalf of [group of mostly nice people], and have now
taken all the proceeds ourselves to cover our own costs.
Have a nice day.
Unsurprised - I'd long written it off, and it wouldn't make that much difference to me - but unimpressed. I would imagine you were proportionately unimpresseder.
Well, vaguely. I had known the figures beforehand and was hoping that I might eventually get paid off at a rate of about 0.5-0.6 pence in the pound. The sum that would be produced would be large enough to pay off a month or two's phone bill, but isn't large enough that I'm going to spend time worrying about it. I'm just not really sure if any action is required on my part or not.
|Date:||March 13th, 2003 03:00 pm (UTC)|| |
I would guess not.
I can't see that there's any possibility of getting so much as the price of a stamp out of them, so I can't see any benefit on spending the price of a stamp. I certainly don't intend to take any action, anyway.
|Date:||March 12th, 2003 05:53 am (UTC)|| |
Is there any quick/simple way of getting from Luton airport into the centre of London by public transport?
I'd like to know this as well. EasyJet has cheap flights out of there to Paris, but it's no use to my aunts unless they can get there without a car.
from Luton Airport Parkway to King's Cross Thameslink. Then a short, unpleasant walk past the Pentonville Road sex shops to King's Cross proper and the whole of the city lies before you.
|Date:||March 12th, 2003 04:37 pm (UTC)|| |
...and I thought everybody used Luton just to connect to get on another cheap airline to get out of there! Therefore, NOW has a very good strategy. I applaud them. Planes should definitely be more like trains.
Further to the above answers, Green Line run a regular coach. Their web site at http://www.greenline.co.uk/
crashed my Explorer, but that's not necessarily such an unusual rarity. Easyjet do have vaguely cheaper deals pertaining to this somewhat gougesome coach. Can't say I've tried it, though, so no comments on comfort or reliability.
The Luton Airport
web site has a decent section about getting there, but doesn't like you deliberately linking to it rather than the front of their site, so no direct link, alas.
I managed to get lost in King's Cross St. Pancras once and ended up coming out of the Thameslink end by mistake. Not an experience I am in a hurry to repeat, not least because I inadvertently did it just when time was tightest.
|Date:||March 12th, 2003 04:35 pm (UTC)|| |
Hey, you really want to get me to MSO
this year, don't you? Well, I still don't think it's gonna work 'cause they don't cover Strasbourg. Oh well. Nice try.I have half a suspicion that their unduly weird CV-submission system is suggesting that hundreds of people have already registered interest in working for their company on its first day, but it could well be lying - I know that's the sort of stunt I'd pull if I were running the web site! :-)
How did I end up working for MSO again...? LOL If I remember correctly, I even proposed this strategy at one of the web companies I worked for, but I don't remember which one now... oh well. Such is life.