Airlines rake in the fees (especially from booze) ... Emirates 25 per cent off
Wow. A story I found from UPI cites a study that says fees from "comfort items" sold on airplanes jumped 70 per cent in the first half of this year, compared to 2010.
Included in "comfort items" are such things as pillows and blankets.
The UPI story cites the Los Angeles Times as saying that fees for meals rose a stunning 300 per cent in that same period. Which either explains why none of us can squeeze into airline or TTC seats any longer, or simply illustrates how many airlines are now charging for those little bags of apples or for Subway sandwiches.
The food bit I can understand. But a study by the Canadian firm Guest Logix also suggests passengers are getting absolutely tanked on board airplanes. Their study says the average bar tab for passengers on flights of 500 miles or less was $22. If you paid $7 for a small bottle, which is about what Air Canada charges I believe, that would be THREE drinks on AVERAGE for a flight of maybe 90 minutes. Stunning.
Even more incredible? The study found that on flights of more than 1,500 miles, the average bar was, wait for it, $71.
Now, wait a minute. Even if you assumed it cost $10 for a small bottle, that would be SEVEN servings of booze ON AVERAGE. Can that really be the case? I've seen people drink a fair bit when booze is free, which it often is on long flights. But I've never seen anyone racking up that many paid transactions. I'd love to know more about this study, as I find it rather hard to believe.
EMIRATES 25 PER CENT OFF SALE
Emirates, one of the world’s fastest-growing international airlines, is celebrating the New Year by offering deep discounts on airfares to more than 100 cities around the world, when booking from now until January 9, 2012.
Customers will receive 25 per cent off all published First, Business and Economy Class fares departing between January 22 and June 30, 2012, when traveling round-trip to any destination in Emirates’ extensive global network.
Economy Class fares from Toronto to The Middle East, India and South Asia start from under $1,100 CAD, while destinations in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and beyond begin at less than $1,500 CAD, return.
“Whether your New Year’s resolution is to spend more time with family and friends, visit a dream destination or follow your favourite sports team to a far-away tournament, our global sale will help our passengers enjoy the perfect start to 2012,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President – Passenger Sales Worldwide.
I've only been on Emirates twice, but both trips were outstanding, with great service.
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