SEVEN_FIFTY7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 957 posts, RR: 4 Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1194 times:
Most U.S. carriers offer free booze on international flights. Surely this is to be competitive with foreign carriers. Why don't these U.S. airlines offer the same on domestic, at least on transcontinental routes? UA just began offering free headsets domestically. Could free liquor be far behind?
Kevindca From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 103 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1099 times:
Free headsets, yes, I'll give you that one, bravo to UA, and I hope all the other carriers follow them. But free liquor? I don't see it happening anytime soon on domestic, and I have no problem with that. Liquor is a total luxury. Unless one is an alcoholic, one doesn't need a drink to remain entertained during a flight. Check out the mini-bar prices the next time you spend $200 for a night at a hotel, and see if they give you any freebies!
Ctbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 52 Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1082 times:
While I can see the potential marketing benefit, I think airlines ought to think twice before offering free booze on domestic flights. With the number of problems of "air rage" that have surfaced of late, and the availability of alcohol on international flights being (at least anecdotally) linked as one cause, my fear is we may see more problems if availiability of free alcohol is increased.
The customer isn't a moron, she is your wife -David Ogilvy
SEVEN_FIFTY7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 957 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1077 times:
Very good point Ctbarnes. I would be afraid fly certain U.S. airlines that offer free booze on domestic routes. Some airlines with their rude and curt FAs might incite bad behavior amongst passengers who have been drinking too much. Given that, I think only UA, AA, NW, US, TW, and CO are in good positions to possibly be able to handle free alcohol on their flights. These carriers usually have professional cabin crews who have sense enough to be friendly to everyone.
Nycank From United States of America, joined May 2000, 233 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1074 times:
I think free booze in coach is a bad idea period.
The professionalism is not an issue.
Most trans-atlantic flights out of NYC are later in the day, and there is a tendency for some folks to start drinking. Most airlines are not equiped to cleanup the lavs. I've seen in two seperate occasions lavs being put out-of-service after a pax threw-up. A major inconvenience to rest of the pax.
Coming back from the other side of the pond, all flights start mid-morning and start arriving the east coast around noon. Not many pax start drinking free booze that early , Though I've seen that too.
BTW, SEVEN_FIFTY7, Do you give free drinks if the
bar across does ? . Any how many buy-backs to you give and at what frequency when you are behind the bar
Giving anything free should be left to the description of the Flight-crew, specially booze.
Nickofatlanta From Australia, joined May 2000, 1457 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1057 times:
I just want to make one point:
It seems that every other region in the world gives free drinks however long the flight - whether it be flying BD LHR - EDI, SR LHR - ZRH or SQ SIN - SGN, it's there if you want it.
This is simply a prime example of how far behind US airlines are compared with the rest of the world in terms of service.
Nycank From United States of America, joined May 2000, 233 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1044 times:
NickofAtlanta: Free drinks does not equal good service. Yes, many European Airlines may give free
drinks even on short flights, but there are many
things in play.
High Speed IC trains give a good value for majority of the travelling pax, so airlines are in competition. e.g. Who would fly from BSL-ZRH, when the Main Railway station in BSL and in Zurich are right in the middle of the Business District and 40-45 minutes apart ?
There isn't much of a diffrenciator of price in
intra-Europe flight as is in the US. I'm unaware of major hidden-city pairs, weekend stay fare wares etc. which make many US airlines glorified