The following is a guest post
Samoa Air introduces pay-per-weight airline tickets
The dust is just beginning to settle on an airline’s announcement that it is to begin pricing tickets for its flights not on the seat allocated to the passenger, but instead on how much weight they are bringing onto the plane.
Earlier this month, Samoa Air revealed that it was to roll out a strategy whereby people would be charged to hop aboard one of its international flights depending not on only how much their bags weighed, but also how many pounds the actual passenger was carrying too.
The airline detailed that the cost per kilogram would range from 93 cents to $1.06 depending on the length of flight that a person was booked on.
As a result, travellers using Samoa Air will soon not only be looking at which luggage will be best for their getaway by keeping an eye on the capacity and weight of their belongings. It obviously poses the interesting idea that lightweight luggage might save you money. There are plenty of places to shop for lightweight luggage, and Luggage Superstore is a good place to start.
Naturally, there have been mixed reactions to the announcement. On one side, Samoa Air has seen its unique strategy – a world first for the airline industry – been ushered with plenty of praise on its Facebook page.
One male supporter was keen to post on the social media portal the statement, “congratulations from Germany. For all these years I’m waiting for this. Keep it up”. Meanwhile, a European traveller wrote to the airline to say that “you people are doing what I have asked for in years, a fair service for everyone! Could you open a route to Denmark anytime soon, please?”
This is not to say that everyone is open to embrace the scheme mind, with a counter argument being that Samoa Air is being discriminatory by pursuing this approach.
However, Chris Langton, the head of Samoa Air, has defended the arrangement by telling Australia’s ABC Radio station that the pay-per-weight scheme will be seen as “the fairest way of travelling”.
He explained to listeners: “Airlines don’t run on seats, they run on weight, and particularly the smaller the aircraft you are in the less variance you can accept in terms of the difference in weight between passengers.”