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Airlines Moving Forward With Dynamic Pricing

First there were the charges for checking in luggage. Then came the added cost for reserving specific seats on an aircraft. Now it’s Dynamic Pricing, the latest strategy airlines will be deploying as a means to increase profitability, and it’s raising eyebrows. A recent survey indicates most consumers are not even aware airlines are moving in this direction.

Of course, we need to have a healthy and profitable airline industry, and we don’t begrudge the airlines for looking at ways to stay profitable, especially as fuel costs begin rising again.

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Prices on Airline Tickets Expected to Increase

With the increase in oil prices from $45 to more than $65 per barrel since last year, the travel industry is anticipating significant increases in ticket prices from airlines, a message the airline industry has been speaking to directly.  Whether the increases are in the form of fuel surcharges, discouraged previously by the DOT on domestic flights, or higher ticket prices – or both-- isn’t yet clear.

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Lufthansa Introduces Biometric Boarding Pass to U.S. Markets

Lufthansa is bringing new technology to the U.S. markets it serves with a biometric boarding system, designed to help save time during the airplane boarding process. 

The technology uses recognition cameras to capture facial images, which get sent to Customs and Border Protection for instant authentication of each person’s identity. Once confirmed, the passenger is allowed to walk onto the plane, no boarding pass required.

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DOT Creates Forces to Flyers, a Solution to Ease U.S. Pilot Shortage

The Department of Transportation has recognized a major pilot shortage in our country and has put a plan in place to try and recover this issue. The program they have created, called Forces to Flyers, recruits military veterans to become commercial airline pilots by providing the training and cost to obtain the Air Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.

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As Airlines' Profits Grow, Customers are Paying More and Receiving Less

Like all companies, the bottom line in the airline industry is be profitable. Airlines have come up with all sorts of ways to increase their profitability, and unfortunately it comes at the expense of their paying customers. The cabins are now more crowded due to airlines decreasing seat pitch and width to densify the space and create more seats.

This comes as a win for investors, who want to increase profits and enhance their stocks. Yet, it compromises the comfort and ease of travel for customers.

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