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Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Trends -

BUY ON BOARD As we re­ported in our De­cem­ber is­sue (“Snack at­tack”), more air­lines are start­ing to charge for on­board 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. Last month, BA scrapped its short­haul food ser­vice in favour of paid­for Marks and Spencer sand­wiches, snacks and 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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