Monthly Archives: August 2008
This has been a topic of discussion and will continue to be one this fiscal year as the Indian Aviation Industry is forecasted to run into losses in the tunes of thousands of crores. (I will lose track of the number of zeros while counting the same!!)
And some low-cost airlines may even go into extinction if they don’t raise their fares. Once they raise their air fares, then which one is the premium airlines and which one is the budget. This was my dilemma when I started a scout for fares while booking tickets online 2 weeks backs. There was just 750 bucks difference between a premium airline’s lowest fare and a budget airline’s fare. The tax itself was a whopping 3500+!!
Now, how can the airlines help it? This is direct result of the aviation fuel prices. There’s nothing the airlines can do reduce their operating costs. I was reading a few articles in the daily newspapers recently which talked about reducing operating costs for the Indian aviation counterparts across the seven seas by doing obscure stuff like using disposable cutlery, reducing the amount of water bottles carried on flight, reducing the amount of reading material carried, changing the material of the upholstery and chairs. Interesting stuff but made some sense when you thought about it from a scientific point of view. The science of weight to force ratio. More the weight, more is the force required, more is the acceleration required and more the fuel.
Hopefully, our Indian aviation experts read the same articles too!! May be they have even started implementing some of the practices by borrowing the ideas of the West. We should have learnt the art of borrowing ideas pretty well by now. Bollywood makes a profession out of this art!!
If the same trend of air fare increase continues, we will be back in an era (a decade ago) when air travel was a complete luxury and the common Indian had a penchant for the Indian railways. Do I see a hint of a wicked smile on our Railway Minister’s face??
- The above was just a small issue. Another feature that was missing was the optical zoom and flash which most of the high end phones nowadays have. If you tell me that a phone that costs Rs. 31,000/- and above is not a high end phone, it would definitely raise a few eyebrows??
- How often do you forward a SMS joke or even some contact information some one sent across to you. Well, iPhone will make sure that you get out of this habit. The forwarding habit is a lazy one and shouldn’t be cultivated. Ever messaged a bunch of people or a group together. Group messaging promotes SPAM. This is also not available. See how the iPhone is helping us cultivate good habits. If I had to send my Team Dinner information to my team members, I would have to send it to them individually. You see adding a personal touch is always better!!!
- Also, some of the backtracking in terms of technology can only be understood and explained by the iPhone designers or may be it’s some out-of-the-world business strategy which seems to be hurting a few of the loyal iPhone fans. You cannot do any form of media sharing other than using iTunes. Nor are you allowed to install any other software that lets you do this.
- iPhone lacks A2DP on Bluetooth which means you cannot listen to any music using Bluetooth headsets. It’s a bad habit to multi task like this. You should only do one thing at a time.
- Do you mutiple ring tones for different people calling you or do you have a habit of playing your ringer profile. Well, the iPhone gives you no option of ringtone customisation.
- And most importantly synching up email is one of most cumbersome piece of work. Not that setting up email synch and troubleshooting it is easy. You need to make synching it also complicated. But then again why should you be connected with office when you are OOF. It’s not good work-life balance.
The Apple users sorely miss features like video camera, multimedia messaging, voice dialing, higher megapixel camera, user-replaceable battery, Adobe flash etc. Many of these users believe that Apple may add some of these features in the next upgrade, and till then iPhone rivals are a better value for money.