1. Home >
  2. Export Import News >
  3. Business News >
  4. Bid your way to Air India’s business class

Online Export Import Data Search

Recent Searches: No Recent Searches
Complete Training Video : Click Here

Bid your way to Air India’s business class

Date: 10-01-2019
Subject: Bid your way to Air India’s business class
Air India’s Chairman and Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola on Wednesday announced a new bidding system through which a passenger can upgrade her seat from the economy class to the business class by paying an additional fare. “You have to bid for only the incremental amount. Whatever you have paid for the economy class ticket, you have paid… There is a cap we have put on the minimum bid one can make,” he said.

This system has been started on flights operating to the US, Europe, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. It hasn’t begun on flights being operated to the Gulf region. “People who have already booked tickets in economy class, we are giving them a chance to pay a little extra fare and come to the business class. In a layman’s language, this is what we are trying to do,” he explained.

This bidding system has been termed “business-lite” on Air India’s website and it was launched in the last week of December.

“After the check-in is complete, which means when the passenger is moving towards the security check, the system sees how many business class seats are vacant. And then, the system allots the seats to passengers according to priority (high bid to low bid),” he said. “So, by the time you reach your boarding gate, your upgrade has been done. At the boarding gate, you are given a revised boarding pass (with a business class seat),” he added.

A person who made the bid but did not get the upgrade will get her money back, he said. For different sectors, there will be different price caps on the lowest amount one can bid, he added.

Across the network, Air India operates 4,500 business class seats. Overall, Air India operates 72,000 seats per day.

Domestically, the bidding system has begun on flights among six metro cities, Kharola said. “When we see the load factor of business class, it varies from 50 per cent to 60 er cent. So, now, there is a good opportunity for me to use the vacant business class seats and make some money,” he said.

“If the business class seat goes vacant, it is a total loss. But if I drop the business class fares to fill up seats, there would be no net gain,” he added. The flights going to the US and Australia are the ones where people really want the upgrade, he said.

Source: indianexpress.com

INFODRIVE INDIA Copyright 1996-2017 InfodriveIndia. All Right Reserved

The information presented on the site is believed to be accurate. However, InfodriveIndia takes no legal responsibilities for the validity of the information.
Please read our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy before you use this Export Import Data Directory.

Infodrive India Pvt Ltd

Delhi :
  E-2, 3rd Floor Kalkaji Main Road
      New Delhi 110019
   011 - 40703001

Kolkata :
  5th Floor Stesalit Towers,
      E-2-3, EP & GP Block,

      Sector-V, Salt Lake City,
      Kolkata-700 091
   033 - 71177191

INFODRIVE INDIA Copyright © 1996-2019 InfodriveIndia. All Rights Reserved.
Please read our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy before you use.

Get Sample Now

Which service(s) are you interested in?
 Export Data
 Import Data
 Exim Help