Cheap airfare website grabaseat lowered ticket prices even further today with the launch of ‘straight up fares’ – standing-room-only tickets on planes which are already full.
Effective immediately, aircraft on selected grabaseat domestic routes will be fitted with hand-straps attached from the ceiling, in a style instantly familiar to anyone who’s travelled to work on a bus. Unlike buses, passengers will not be able to request stops.
Thanks to the design innovation, capacity on a 737-300 will be increased from 133 passengers to 202 passengers. The additional 69 passengers will pay a substantially discounted ticket price, as consideration for the reduced inflight comfort, and the involuntary stranger-touching during turbulence.
grabaseat manager Duane Perrott says the idea for these new fares came from customer feedback:
“People always say to me ‘Duane, we love buses, but we hate how they can’t travel a thousand kilometres an hour, or traverse large bodies of water’.Well thanks to our new ‘straight up fares’, our customers can now have the best of both worlds – the speed and distance of air travel, plus the snug affordability of standing up on a bus.”
Perrott says grabaseat also has an option for older passengers who may not be tall or flexible enough to enjoy the new fares.
“We’ve modified a couple of Jolly Jumpers and hung them in the gap between the aft toilets”, he says proudly. “We wanted to offer our elderly customers a solution with dignity, and I’m proud to say we’ve achieved that.”
Full pricing details and availability can be viewed at http://www.grabaseat.co.nz.
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