United Airlines employs Vetinari to allocate seats

Canadian man stung by scorpion on United Airlines flight

And Vetinari thinks of his scorpion pit.

Something else now though. Not sure whether the dam’s been breached, we’ve just the necessary bolus of attention or whatever. But absolutely anything that goes wrong with a United flight is going to make the news for the next bit. Things which are common to all airlines will be flagged up if they happen on United.

And the thing is, there’re always things going wrong in an organisation that size. Not really sure than any large organisation will survive well the sort of scrutiny United’s going to get…..

12 comments on “United Airlines employs Vetinari to allocate seats

  1. Malaysia Airlines are still going, despite losing two aircraft less than five months apart. Ryanair gets away with all sorts of bizarre behaviour, yet continues to be wildly popular.

    Airline flights are pretty much a commodity. For anything under five hours, one airline is pretty much the same as another. People choose largely on cost. (Disclaimer: I’ve flown United, and it was absolutely fine.)

  2. “”I grabbed it, hanging on its tail. I think that’s what saved me,” he told Global News.

    A Mexican man sitting next to the couple on the plane pointed it out was a scorpion and that it was dangerous, Mr Bell said.

    “I dropped it on my plate, then I went to pick it up again and that’s when it stung me.” “

    /facepalm

  3. Andrew M

    “Malaysia Airlines are still going, despite losing two aircraft less than five months apart. ”

    They are state subsidized to a degree, and they were by far the cheapest flights afterwards, crept back up a bit now.

  4. I have been told that new United aircrew only get to fly on domestic flights, with international duties going to more experienced staff. Which is why the transatlantic cabin crew are always miserable, war-wearied, cynical and (for aircrew) rude.

  5. They are state subsidized to a degree, and they were by far the cheapest flights afterwards, crept back up a bit now.

    Yeah as I said in a previous thread I got Business return from Guangzhou to London with them on the A380 for 1600 quid not long after the 2nd one was lost. Cheaper than BA/Virgin Premium economy often is from HK. Chinese seem to be really superstitious and all thought I was mad for flying with them, I guess being an Asian airline hurt them bad in that way. I think they are still suffering. John Galt on here seems pretty clued up on what’s going on with them.

  6. “Ryanair gets away with all sorts of bizarre behaviour, yet continues to be wildly popular.”

    Ryanair does what it says on the tin, gets you from A to B cheaply and with no frills. I’ve flown the, and lived up (down?) to my expectations.

    I’ve also flown United internal and international and they failed to get anywhere near my expectations.

  7. I have been told that new United aircrew only get to fly on domestic flights, with international duties going to more experienced staff.

    Many airlines operate a ‘bidding’ system for all aircrew (flight deck and cabin), whereby the more senior staff get first pick. Most* crew prefer to get their hours in doing four long-haul trips than 20 short hops (particularly if that means staying in more exotic locations than Louisville).

    That’s why their transatlantic flights are staffed by wagon dragons rather than trolley dollies.

    * Although some may prefer to operate a schedule that allows them to spend more nights in their own bed.

  8. ‘But absolutely anything that goes wrong with a United flight is going to make the news for the next bit. Things which are common to all airlines will be flagged up if they happen on United.’

    Good insight, Tim.

    UAL has brought the focus on themselves.

    But long term, there may be good effect. In marketing, sometimes any publicity is good publicity. As this mess fades, people will be left with the thought that United means airlines.

    Need to fly? Well, you should call United, that’s who does flying.

    In fact, their stock is trading higher now than it was a month ago.

  9. As Timmy never tires of pointing out, employees are a cost not a benefit.
    Why have stews at all when they can’t even kick out some aged gook themselves but have to call the cops?
    Regulations.
    Then chenge them. The first pair of cities that dispense with the regulation will enkoy a general economic advantage.
    You “need” tasteless coffee and an overpriced bag of crisps on a short haul flight? Well there’s a dispenser up front. Takes all credit cards, and in your currency, no faffing about with change in Zimbabwe dollars or euros.

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