Sunday, February 22, 2009

US Airways: OK, maybe the Ryanair model isnt for least not without our competitors following

The AP is reporting that USAirways will stop charging customers for Cokes, coffee and juice... no date is mentioned, but one would think this will be sooner rather than later.

CEO Doug Parker acknowledged that "With US Airways being the only large network carrier to charge for drinks, we are at a disadvantage...." Um, yeah - ya think?

USAirways will continue to charge for other niceties such as pillows and blankets but at least you'll be able to get a free Coke and a smile (ok, the latter is debatable) on USAirways...

This sounds like typical airline codespeak for 'our competitors didn't match us like they normally do for fares, baggage fees, frequent flyer mileage changes, commissions, etc etc so we were left holding the bag....'

Or did USAirways lose the bag on this one?

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