Thursday, October 7, 2010

Low Cost Carrier Wars - Air Asia vs. Fire Fly

A low-cost carrier or low-cost airline (also known as a no-frills, discount or budget carrier or airline) is an airline that generally has lower fares. To make up for revenue lost in decreased ticket prices, the airline may charge for extras like food, priority boarding, seat allocating, and baggage etc.

The term originated within the airline industry referring to airlines with a lower operating cost structure than their competitors. While the term is often applied to any carrier with low ticket prices and limited services, regardless of their operating models, low-cost carriers should not be confused with regional airlines that operate short flights without service, or with full-service airlines offering some reduced fares.

I have been quite a frequent flier when it comes to budgeted airlines for work or for leisure. Simply because of the flying expenses has reduced so tremendously than before, it does hit the slogan of 'now everyone can fly’. For obvious reasons, traveling has resorted to budget airlines when it comes to business trips. However, I never fail to be the biggest fan of budget airlines on my own personal holidays.

Recently I got the opportunity to try on two different airline services. I have been the supporter of the low cost carrier, Air Asia but now I can compare with Fire Fly. Taking Fire Fly for the first time, which is supported by the Malaysia Airlines, the experience was?? 

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