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What Would You Pay For Service?  
User currently offlineRamp2CSA2FA2FO From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 21 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5603 times:

As a flight attendant in today's airline industry I have to tell you that it is embarrassing with the lack of service I am able to supply to my passengers. Back when I started with TWA we still had food on domestic flights, if not in the main cabin at least in first class. My Dad was with the original Frontier, and for those of you who experienced their inflight service, I hope you agree it was quite fantastic. Even when we flew AA back when I was a kid, from OKC-ORD we always had a wonderful meal. Believe it or not, I miss doing meal services because it gives me something to do. I fly for a regional carrier and we fly for 5 Mainline Airlines, and only on a couple of them do we offer a service of any kind. One carrier in particular we offer Muffins in the morning, and sometimes sandwiches for lunch, or a snack tray with cheese, crackers, pepperoni, and a Kit-Kat candy bar. I love working these flights. It's nice to be able to offer my passengers something.

So my question is, what would you be willing to pay if the airlines were to reinstate meals on domestic flights? I am sure it wouldn't add much cost to the ticket (for those of you way smarter than me on dealing with "crunching numbers" and such please help me out here). I would think something like an additional surcharge to the ticket of $10 should cover it. They may not be the best meals, but it's something to keep my passengers and myself occupied and add a little bit of enjoyment back into flying. Thanks for the help folks.

Happy Landings,


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User currently offlineEXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5581 times:

Ive now gotten use to no food on flights, that my price point is $0. That would include even transcons.

On transatlantic, I do see that day when complimentary meals are gone from US carriers and some like EI for Y class PAX. I would pay $10-15 for a meal on a transatlantic flight, wouldnt pay anything forwhat passes for Breakfast on eastbound or second snack on westbound.

What I would like to see on FL 73Gs in PTV and of course Im willing to pay nothing for that as well.

User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5577 times:

I would gladly pay $10-15 extra for having some semblance of service again. I agree with you totally!

Charles, SJ

The customer isn't a moron, she is your wife -David Ogilvy
User currently offlineCopter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1604 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5567 times:

Quoting Ramp2CSA2FA2FO (Thread starter):
additional surcharge

Please, let's avoid the use of the word "surcharge." It's just a hidden way of raising prices!

I would think we could provide a good meal for $10 or so, but let's make sure it's worth the price! And raise the price by $10, not add a surcharge.

User currently offlineRamp2CSA2FA2FO From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 21 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5526 times:

Quoting Copter808 (Reply 3):

"Please let's avoid the use of the word "surcharge".

The whole point was to make it an extra charge to cover meals. Airlines can "raise" prices without offering service. I was asking for the opinion of people what they would be willing to pay "in addition" to there ticket for a meal service on a flight. Airlines have stated for sometime that in order to cut costs it has done away with "perks" such as free meals and such. And I am not talking about $3 for a bag of mixed nuts. I am talking about the return of actual meal service on airplanes. Putting those tray-tables back to use for holding food trays instead of foot rests. All I wanted to know is what would "we" as a public be willing to pay to bring meal service back to the aviation industry. It could even be shown on the receipt of the ticket as "$10 for meal", or something like that.

Happy Landings,


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5512 times:

Def Good Food.

Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineNG1Fan From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5489 times:

On OS, they also went pay-for-food on intra-european flights less than 2 1/2 hours duration. Still water was free.

Recently, however, they launched Do&Co as their new caterer and are now back to offering complimentary hot meals on most flights. This includes regional jet and even on a Dash-8, they managed to do hot catering (GVA-VIE).

QF ditched their dreaded lunchbox and also offers hot meals during traditional meal times.

All that without increasing fares.

However, I believe the US market has been so run down that it is unlikely that meal services will return. The cost of the actual meal is miserly, but everything around is too expensive. The flying public has now been conditioned to live without the meal. Instead, overpriced junkfood outlets airside are probably doing a roaring trade.

I'd rather skip the meal in the US and instead be treated like a valued customer by the flight attendant. Or be on a clean plane.


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