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A La Carte Airlines

In June 2005, Airlines.Ws wondered how far domestic airline cost cutting measures would go after the loss of the coveted free pretzels on Northwest airline flights. Well, now we’re here to say far, quite far, indeed. The latest à la carte menu reads like this: $15 for an aisle seat or $24 for an exit row. More leg room for $50 or purchase your ticket over the phone for $10. Confirm a standby flight for $25. $1 for trail mix or cashews, $4 for a snack box or $5 for a ‘fresh’ sandwich or wrap. $2 per bag for curbside check-in. There ...

Airline water quality

Our monthly poll is focusing on the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) latest report of dangerous levels of coliform bacteria in 17.2% water samples from galley water taps as well as lavatory faucets of the 169 planes it spot checked. This is rather stunning considering last year the EPA's study showed dangerous levels of bacteria in 12.5% of the planes the EPA checked. One would have thought that the airlines would have taken extraordinary steps to eliminate this problem after last years results . According to the EPA , total coliform on their own are not considered dangerous but rather that their presence in ...

The pretzel signal – cheap flights to end?

Have the large Airline carriers cost cutting measures finally reached the point of absurdity ? While the Airlines continue to try to cut cost in large chunks through Mechanic , Pilot and Cabin crew contract re-negotiations that can save hundreds of millions per year; they are also cutting passenger food , pillows and this past month Northwest Airlines announced the ultimate cost cutting plan - the end of free pretzels . Northwest lost nearly $460 Million last quarter amidst the continuing high price of fuel and rising Administrative and labor costs , cutting free Pretzels for passengers would be amusing if it ...

Budget Airlines to put squeeze on major carriers

The budget Airline business is booming as passengers increasingly seek out the best airline ticket prices. No less than 4 new budget airlines have begun service in the past couple years Jet Blue , Spirit Airline Song Airline all following the lead and success of Southwest Airlines These budget airlines are scooping up airline routes from the major carriers at an unprecedented pace. The large carriers with the large overhead simply cannot compete in the status quo and are quickly learning the old cliche.."if you cant beat them..join them" The launching of Ted Airline is the latest budget Airline to ...

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