Tuesday, February 14, 2012

An Important Question Travelers Don't Often Ask

If you are renting a car, you would like to know the type of vehicle and the make of it. However, most travelers do not ask what type of airplane they will be flying on, and some still don't know even when they take their seats. So why is this important? For many reasons...seat configuration will be one of the first things to consider. A 2 by 2 configuration will give every passenger either a window or an aisle, which is highly desirable. A wide-body for example, may have a 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 configuration. No, we are not talking soccer formations, it is important to know how the seating chart will look like and the chances to "score" a good seat. Here are more reasons: a turboprop is slower than a jet, so depending on the length of the flight, and given the availability of other choices, you may prefer to be on a newer jet than older props that are being phased out. The older the plane, the more likely that a maintenance issue might arise. There are also the comfort and amenity considerations. Old aircrafts are noisier and lack the audio-visual entertainment options. Airlines realize the importance of deploying the most efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft for specific routes, and the backlog orders at the major manufacturers are very healthy. www.premieretravel.com