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YouTube Review: KLM Lost & Found service

Many would be naturally taken away by our featured YouTube video of the week, after all, it’s a lovable dog in the lead role..

However, there are also those who would say that this is just a marketing campaign to woo in more passengers for KLM. Then again, don’t you think most all videos from whatever establishment is just marketing? Then why not be creative?

Yes, finding lost items seems quite hard to believe actually, although we know dogs could sniff bombs and things like that. But sniffing bombs somehow requires only a single scent, finding lost items and matching them with their owners is quite tough considering the differences in human odor and the vastness of the airport.

KLM Lost & Found service has close to 10 million views over at YouTube, and Sherlock the beagle certainly made that happen. Yet if only not to be thought of as a marketing stunt, how about really training and using more dogs to do the finding of lost items?

Ready to take-off…

Only recently, the CAAP suspended ZestAir for failing to comply with flight standards — like, having no Accountable Manager since July 19; its crew failing to check aircraft logs at one time; a ZestAir plane refueling with passengers on board last August 14 and its airline pilot was also found to have exceeded the 100-hour flight time limit per month.

Well, what does an “accountable manager” do anyway? The AM according to the PCAR ensures that all flight operations and maintenance activities are done with the highest standards of safety. So if for that reason and with the CAAP having proven the violations — the suspension was, indeed, justified.

This suspension would last until corrective measures were taken by the airline – which eventually was reported lifted just last August 20.

Just landed ...
Just landed…

Incidentally, however, my experience with ZestAir has been better than that of other local airlines. Every ZestAir plane I took departs on time and arrives at its destination 10-20 minutes before its estimated time of arrival. Wow! Its crews were also more friendly and helpful. Besides that, ZestAir got the lowest airfare rates. These are just some reasons why this airline is a good way to fly.

Nonetheless, just like other local airlines, it seems that many of their planes have “aged”; so as a reminder, ZestAir should make a stricter policy of regularly checking its aircrafts’ condition to assure of air worthiness. Safety is primary.

Frequent Flyer

Inside a plane ...
Inside a plane…

I could say I’m sort of a frequent flyer as I’m in the sky.. monthly.

Well, we all know of these air miles and other promotions by the aviation industry which makes frequent flyers more in tune with their preferred carriers, yes especially from large and known airlines – whether domestic or in international routes.

But what about budget planes? Inside these planes, oh – you’d still have to buy food and drinks, and souvenir items if you wish which is to a certain extent understandable because of its lower price. Still, with growing competition from other airlines and transportation sources – isn’t there any other promotion but price.. and place?

Certainly, these low cost carriers really pack them up especially in places where travelling by ship costs just about the price of a budget plane ticket. So, travelling by plane is absolutely a relief.. yup, even though we see a notable number of air accidents recently.

Okay, if price is the only thing here.. then how about having that frequent flyer program for budget planes in place as well?

Or say, an even lower plane ticket for the next flight? Ah, that’s easy and already happening in some airlines. Then how about gradually lowering one’s plane ticket on flights within 30 days, 60 days and so on? Develop a range and a budget flyer card – after all, since budget planes is all about price — then drop it even more.

The thing with these airlines nowadays is that, they have this really low priced tickets — both for domestic and international routes — but you need to book several months or even a year ahead just to avail them. Whew! Who knows what could happen then? Sudden change of schedules. Illness. Emergencies. To say the least, such a promo is like a little short of swindling. Too bad.

Want to be above competition? Want to serve more passengers? Get a little more creative. Right.