Cxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3200 times:
A friend of my is an F/A with BA and has recently noticed on their machines (currently only used for pricing and recording duty free sales) some additional items e.g. miniature spirits, cans of beer etc are now loaded on the system although not yet in use?
As it's highly unlikely they're intending adding such items to the duty free range, does this spell the end of free alcohol on BA too?
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2804 times:
Quoting Cxsjr (Thread starter): A friend of my is an F/A with BA and has recently noticed on their machines (currently only used for pricing and recording duty free sales) some additional items e.g. miniature spirits, cans of beer etc are now loaded on the system although not yet in use?
They are probably included on the system for Customs and Excise purposes. Although not included as 'duty free' sales, spirits and beers served when the aircraft is airborne outside the UK are not liable to the same tax as spirits/beers served when in the UK, so this is probably a means of keeping stock of exempt and non-exempt sales.
A BA Flight Purser on a.net will be able to confirm this.
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Aussiestu From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 780 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2747 times:
These alcohol items are always included on our Duty Free machines. They are on the current system and will be on the new system that is to be introduced soon. This is part of the crew purchase system as crew we dont get these items for free to take off and must pay for them. Truelly cannot see BA having a pay bar system, but then again look what WW did at EI??
Monkeyboi From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 457 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2730 times:
I am a BA stu and I hope we DO start charging for drink down the back on our shortest flights (say under 2 hours). Some of the passengers on the cheapest tickets really take the p*** with the free drink situation. Many of them don't even realise they are free so when you say 'would you like a drink sir/madam?; they say, 'oh just water thanks'. Then when you move down to serve the next row and they catch on everything is free they are calling you back 'actually, can i have a gin and tonic, a beer and a coffee?'.
I'd love to see Willie introduce the new concept they have at SAS. On short-haul, the economy cabin (they still have Business as well) is split into 'Economy Flex' (at the front) and 'Economy Basic' behind it. Economy Flex is for passengers on full fare/flexible economy tickets and they get free newspapers, food, drink etc. Those purchasing the 'GBP12.00 each way plus tax' sort of tickets (check out some fares on ba.com from LHR-CDG...GBP13.00 each way!!) will be sat in Economy Basic and have to pay for everything.
I reckon this would free up the crew (there are less and less of us on-board as part of 'cost-cutting) to pay more attention to those spending a lot of money on their tickets and at least make them feel they have gotten a little more for the hundreds more they have paid.
ClipperNo1 From Germany, joined May 1999, 672 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2725 times:
Quoting Aussiestu (Reply 8): Truelly cannot see BA having a pay bar system, but then again look what WW did at EI??
This would mean I had to bring a sack full of quids onto my next flights.
Anyway, the complementary booze (I didn't say free) will be gone from almost all european carriers in 10 years and Walsh is a cost-cutting geezer for sure.
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