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Extra airlines fees now 10% of revenue

airline feesAirlines’ business practices never cease to amaze me. It appears that the “extra fees” (read blankets, ear buds, movies, baggage, change fees etc.) now make up ~10% of total revenue according to an article in the NYTimes. The data is actually from a survey from hopper.com – full data here. All this while the quality of “service” continues to be awful at best. Read and weep.

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Only ~5% use Uber / Lyft

March 26, 2017 Leave a comment

A couple of interesting tidbits from a couple of articles on Uber (one from an article on Uber’s troubles in the Economist this week; the other from the Information)

  • Apparently, only ~6% of American mobile phone users use Uber (or Lyft) once or more a month. I could have sworn it would be much higher. No wonder Uber’s valuation is sky high.
  • Despite it’s high valuation (~$70B), it hasn’t had a CFO in 2 years
  • A growing percentage of Uber employees don’t see themsevles there in 2 years
  • At least 6 key execs and senior employees have left in the last few months including several of the tech leaders in mapping, AI
  • Uber’s share in the US market has fallen from 80% to 74% (with most of that going to Lyft)

Worth a quick read.

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Airport gyms

February 14, 2017 Leave a comment

This may be interesting for consultants on the go. RoamFitness is apparently opening a bunch of gyms at airports for $40/day or $600/year. Right now they just have BWI (Baltimore) but plan to seem to have plans for a bunch more.

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To avoid overcrowding they limit it to 20 people at a time. Plus, (thankfully for their fellow passengers), they have showers onsite too.

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Funny: Priority travellers

December 17, 2016 1 comment

This one should resonate with frequent fliers

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Another good one from the New Yorker.

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Funny: A consultant’s prayer

November 5, 2016 Leave a comment

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Another funny one from the New Yorker

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The anti-Uber

October 9, 2016 Leave a comment

Nice little article in the New Yorker this week about a company, Juno, that’s trying to take on Uber, by essentially treating its drivers better: 10% commission instead of ~25% and a opportunity for the drivers to take a stake in the company.

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Right now it just operates in NYC. Worth a quick read.

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Uber domination

September 7, 2016 Leave a comment

The Economist had a nice article on Uber this week and how it’s poised for world domination.

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Apparently, it now operates in 72 countries, 425 cities, with an estimated revenue of ~$4B/year. However, most of Uber’s bookings are just made in 20 of those 425 cities. Worth a quick scan.

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