BUY ON-BOARD

Business Traveller (India) - - TRENDS -

More airlines are start­ing to charge for on board ca­ter­ing in econ­omy class. Fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple of low-cost car­ri­ers, many full-ser­vice airlines have started un­bundling fares to gen­er­ate profit by charg­ing for the“free­dom to choose”where you want to sit, how much lug­gage you want to take and whether you want ex­tra legroom.

United and Amer­i­can Airlines have been of­fer­ing buy-on-board menus on shorter flights for years. In Jan­uary, BA scrapped its short­haul food ser­vice in favour of paid­for Marks and Spencer sand­wiches, snacks and Percy Pig sweets on Euro Trav­eller and UK do­mes­tic flights in and out of Heathrow and Gatwick, and Lon­don City and Stansted by this sum­mer. It’s likely that more airlines will take sim­i­lar steps in the near fu­ture.

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