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Old 01-21-2018, 09:44 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Has anyone observed a huge difference in the kind of people traveling to the same destination albeit on different airlines? I flew from India to Kuwait yesterday via Air India. Service was fine. However 90% of passengers were Indian males and obviously going there for some sort of work. I have flown to Kuwait from Amsterdam on KLM and it seems a lot of passengers were military contractors or oil execs. Finally flew to Kuwait on Pegasus Airlines (low cost carrier from Turkey) and most were Arab tourists.

Just curious as to people's observations.
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Old 01-22-2018, 04:52 AM
 
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Several years ago I flew on some South American airlines between the USA and Ecuador and I was one of few passengers that was not a native speaker of Spanish. When I have flown on American based airlines it is rarer to be considered as a native English speaker a minority among the passengers.
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:41 AM
 
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Yes, there are many reasons for this: cultural comfort with flying a national carrier; corporate travel policies; cabotage.

For example, US govt. employees and contractors (a surprising number of countries) must normally fly US flag carriers. With the horrible service of US carriers, I suspect this keeps them in business on their overseas flights.
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Old 01-22-2018, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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My wife and I were once on a flight JFK - Curacao, and the plane filled up with senior citizens who all knew each other, and before takeoff, were already forming into teams to play in-flight canasta. A steward looked at our dismay, and asked us if we'd like to sit in first class.

Recently, I was on a flight Bahrain-Addis Ababa, on which there were about 50 rich Ethioipian ladies returning home from a shopping trip to Bahrain. It was an experience, being in the departure lounge, all of them decked out in their finery and chatteriing excitedly.

I was also on a super-cheap flight Manila to Qatar, nearly all the passengers Filipinos who were traveling on work visas to the Gulf. The same on flights Manila to Brunei.
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