Discount Airlines… The Next Generation

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Considering flying with a discount airline? Concerned about safety? It’s surprising just how many people are of the perception that discount airlines are flying reconditioned, second-hand fleets with questionable safety standards? Today’s Guest Blogger, Lalika Kaponay from Destinator Travel takes a closer look!

Discount Airlines… The Next Generation


Often, when people think about discount airlines, the images that immediately come to mind are people crushed into narrow seats, poor service from snarky and rigid, underpaid employees and having to pay for anything and everything extra, including choosing your seat.

While this might be the case with a number of the first generation discount airlines who challenged the establishment full-service airlines in the late nineties, a new generation of discount airlines took to the skies, and they are boldly redefining what it is to fly and travel cost-effectively in style.



Many times I am asked by friends and acquaintances whether it is safe and reliable to fly with discount airlines. It’s surprising just how many people are of the perception that discount airlines are flying reconditioned, second-hand fleets that are years old and who knows how safe. While some of the older ones may be, the truth to the matter is quite shocking. The age of your full-service, major airliner fleet, especially some of the most recognized names in US commercial aviation, will shock you to the core. One of the key market leaders has an average fleet age of 17 years old, with its 747s dating back to the beginning of the nineties (25.9 years old) and its other competitors aren’t in much better shape. This is not to say that these planes are not meticulously maintained, but most of them do indeed show their age, in their dreary old cabins, their tired cramped seats and their lack of services equipped for the modern traveler.

This is where the new generation of discount airlines have come in with a vision to revamp the way people see travel, not only as accessible but also as the pleasurable experience, it should be in the journey of getting there. There are many new providers who fit this mold. One that I have had specific experience with is Norwegian Air Shuttle. In fact, I chose specifically to fly on two separate occasions with them Trans-Atlantic this last year, Denmark to New York (JFK) and then New York (SWF) to Edinburgh, each time for approximately $139 each way. On the flight over to New York’s JFK, we were serviced by the stunning 787 Dreamliner with its wide and spacious cabin, beautiful appointed and comfortable seats, complete with its award-winning in-house entertainment system. What I loved about this was the interactive 3D map, like no other I had used before. I am a stickler for details and this gave me hours of fun to play with. We also had the ability charge our phones via USB and power outlets for our laptops. In comparison, in May, I also flew a full-service American airliner from Mexico City to Orlando and when I asked whether there was a charger the question was almost scoffed at by the flight attendant.


Onboard the Norweigan Dreamliner


The Norwegian 787 Dreamliner we flew with was just five months old. On the way back to Europe, we were due to return with the new 737 MAX, but, due to its delayed delivery, we flew instead with the 737-800. This too was only a few months old and I was stunned by the roomy nature of the cabin’s interior, the comfort of the seats and the amount of leg room we had (that equaled what most full-service traditional airliners would reserve for premium economy seats!) Here, we were serviced by a really good quality working Wi-Fi, which was fast and reliable enough to keep me online and in touch with everyone on the ground, while Norwegian also had a paid-for on-board wide selection of entertainment that I could access using my tablet.


On board Norweigian


But it’s not just the age of the airliners and the well-appointed nature of their planes and the services they provide onboard. It’s also the destinations that these new airlines are targeting that make them so interesting. By choosing the new fleet configurations they have chosen, they have consciously decided to equip themselves to nimbly service exotic and new destinations that the traditional full-service airlines with their top-heavy infrastructure, executives and back-offices aren’t even able to consider. In doing so, they are opening up the world to seldom known and visited destinations, to a new generation of travelers, ones that value a good story and the off the beaten path cultural adventures they bring. With the fuel efficiencies of the nimble 737-800s and the new A321neo, locations in Europe like Cluj Napoca and Târgu Mures in Transylvania, Pristina in Kosovo, Tallin in Estonia, Tuzla in Bosnia Herzegovina are sometimes less than the cost of a taxi ride away.


Traveling Europe with Discount Airlines


So if you want to be surprised and launch into an adventure you may not forget, for all the right reasons, then get online and pick a destination you haven’t yet been. Don’t be thrown by the comedic cliches of “Computer-Says-No!” or all your preconceived notions of poor service and the potential of not getting there at all, and take a leap out there with a new generation of low-cost carriers. I’m almost certain you’ll be pleasantly surprised.


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Guest Post Bio

Lalika Kaponay is the founder of Destinator Travel ( a Travel Concierge Service with a difference. Destinator Travel believes that travel should be accessible and affordable for everyone, a completely immersive and transformational experience to be thoroughly enjoyed from the initial idea to living the experience. Lalika will create your own Personal Travel Itinerary (PTI) intended to save your time, energies, money, efforts and concerns, reducing stress so that you can focus on the travel experience itself. His aim: to find the most cost-effective, convenient and immersive cultural experience at a price you are happy to pay, and an experience to exceed your expectations. His service is based on an egalitarian, Pay-What-You-Feel-It’s-Worth basis, giving you the freedom to choose what you believe his assistance is worth to you, while giving consideration to the efforts invested by him and value delivered to you.

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