Brian_ga From United States of America, joined May 2001, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7433 times:
The information I read said that pulling the pillows on domestic services only but not on the trans-com and Hawaii flight. The savings will be $375,000 USD per year. Does not seem like much but every dollar counts now days.
Keep looking up, that's the secret to life....Snoopy
B707Stu From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7425 times:
For the progressives - you can purchase a very comfortable "U" shaped neck pillow at any airport for about $15. I find them better than aircraft pillows, easy to pack (they scruntch up) and easy to sleep on. Added benefit is the envy you inspire from other passengers.
COAMiG29 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 515 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7392 times:
whats next? no more barf bags and lavs?
the plane you are flying on is not equipped with barf bags or restrooms, if you feel the urgent need to go please use this plastic sack, remember all barf and excrement must be stored under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bin, we'd like to thank you again for having the compassion to fly AA
If Continental had a hub at DFW with nonstop flights I would always fly them, unfortunantely good things take time.
PyroGX41487 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7383 times:
... This is why I switched to jetBlue for domestic travel. If they're going to make cuts anywhere, it shouldn't be in passenger comfort. Ugh... What's next? Complete removal of the seats? Crates to sit on? Trading in all their planes for the freighter version and strapping pax to the walls?
It's 8 in the morning in my part of the world. I'm prone to exaggeration .__.
JAFA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 782 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7210 times:
Sorry to break up your pity party. Doesn't AA have adjustable head rests on most of thier seats anyway? The annoucement said they would be removed from MD80's, 737, and 757. (If I am not mistaken). So that doesn't include 767, 777, and A300 flights.
NYCAAer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 689 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 7195 times:
The A300s will also see pillows removed. Pillows will remain on 767s used for international, transcon, and Hawaii flights, and all 777s.
AA has also eliminated special meals on all domestic, Canada, Mexico and Caribbean flights. Special meals can still be ordered on all international flights and in First and Business Class on transcons.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 7133 times:
For the progressives - you can purchase a very comfortable "U" shaped neck pillow at any airport for about $15.
You can buy them at any of the HMS Host newsstands @ ATL for $12.99 for 1, 2 for $20.
I'd rather have my own pillow anyway, because no telling what's hanging on those pillows. IIRC, Dateline NBC or one of the other investigations shows did some tests on "clean" pillows and blankets on a/c and found that many of them had been folded and repackaged as if they had been cleaned.
Pillows and blankets are on the way out for domestic flights as more and more nickel and dime items are removed from flights. I wouldn't be surprised if in the next few years airlines actually started charging for nonalcoholic drinks. What's next, you have to buy the cup you drink out of?
KBMIFlyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7076 times:
This particular item doesn't bother me. I don't really like the pillows, and they seem to be in the way when they are put in my seat before a flight. Like has already been mentioned, the build in head rest on most AA flights are quite nice.
However, the "nickel & diming" that AA continues to do is getting frustrating. I understand that they are struggling and losing money, but I think they are ignoring the fact that the savings for some of the recent initiatives (loss of MRTC, buy on board, increased use of MD-80's out of ORD on long flights, no pillows, no blankets, $5 to book tickets through phone number (even for vouchers)) is going to result in lost revenue from passengers who will start shopping or leave them all together.
I don't know what the solution to AA's cash crunch is, I just don't think this is they right one.
AA777223ER From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 220 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7013 times:
AA is NOT removing blankets on any aircraft, only pillows. Maybe when people are willing to start paying ticket prices that actually cover what it cost to operate the aircraft, the amenities will come back. Until then, better that the pillows go away than the employees having to take another pay cut
AAtakeMeAway From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6935 times:
Maybe they think they'll save fuel
But seriously, I wonder if one of the reasons is the time it could possibly save when boarding the aircraft. With no pillows in the overheads, the flight attendants won't need to spend time passing out the pillows to make room for luggage....
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6391 posts, RR: 50
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6908 times:
And just think, AA promotes itself by saying "get a lot more airline" on its tv commercials. Removing pillows is an example of getting a lot more airline? More like "get a typical in-flight experience that is not differentiated much from the LCC's". False advertising in my opinion. Sure AA has First Class, but its coach product is not too great....pretty much on par with everyone else, nothing special. Originality in the product being offered is quickly becoming extinct in the American aviation marketplace.