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User currently offlineC172 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 109 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

Folks, c172 has an idea. In-flight vending machines!

I can hear the critics now... "they'll take up space that could be filled with a paying passenger...".

No, wait! IN PLACE OF THE GALLEYS, the airline would place several food/beverage vending machines, simplifying the job of catering/flight attending.

Want a beer or a bloody mary? Swipe your ID and you got it.
Other in-flight essentials could be sold as well. On a 747 you could turn the upstairs into a self service café.



 dopey c172... what will he think of next? drunk 

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User currently offlineLawnDart From United States of America, joined May 2005, 969 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

Quoting C172 (Thread starter):
Folks, c172 has an idea. In-flight vending machines!

Someone proposed a trans-atlantic low-cost carrier a couple of years back, and part of the business plan was to have in-flight vending machines where the galleys used to be...

Can't remember the name - they never got off the ground. Nice idea, though.


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

Air France has this since a few years, they provide a snack/drink self service bar next to the galleys.

Only alcohol isn't available there, you have to ask a F/A for it (probably because they can control on this "request way" how much beers/boozes everyone is drinking).

Patrick


User currently offlineC172 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1925 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 2):
probably because they can control on this "request way" how much beers/boozes everyone is drinking

Where's the fun in that?  drunk 




 dopey c172... what will he think of next? drunk 


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

Quoting C172 (Reply 3):
Where's the fun in that?

The fun is to go to a bar after you arrived.

Patrick


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

C172 –

Welcome back! You’re something special to a.net.

With vending machines on airliners, many people will be out of their seats, clogging up the aisles, galley areas.


User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8930 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

Quoting C172 (Thread starter):

I can hear the critics now... "they'll take up space that could be filled with a paying passenger...".

I never picked one up, but they look pretty heavy to me.

Quoting C172 (Thread starter):
No, wait! IN PLACE OF THE GALLEYS, the airline would place several food/beverage vending machines, simplifying the job of catering/flight attending.

Imagine 100 to 550 hungry/thirsty pax trying to get to the galley area? It would also take a while to refill them on the ground increasing turn-around time.

Not to mention you'll have to get it FAA certified.

Cool idea, but it's more complicated than it seems.

Cheers,



"If goods do not cross borders, soldiers will" - Frederic Bastiat
User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1827 times:

I have a much better idea.

They should install a minibar in every seatback. Big grin


User currently offlineHZ747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1654 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1809 times:
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Quoting Bobster2 (Reply 7):
I have a much better idea.

They should install a minibar in every seatback.

That'll be the day... 10EUR for a 8oz can of Diet Dr. Pepper!



Keep on truckin'...
User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1774 times:

Quoting Bobster2 (Reply 7):
They should install a minibar in every seatback.

Actually, didn't Court Lines have this?

F L Y 7 7 7 U A L


User currently offlineUtapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

I can't believe I'm almost agreeing with C172, but if you think about it, a different variety than the BOB snack boxes might help... especially for short-hauls.

I'm NOT saying snack machines... weight, stocking, change, etc...OMG. But instead of complete snack boxes, IF the airlines have to offer food-for-purchase, maybe just snacks on an individual basis could help. In other words, sell a bag of Fritos/Lays/Pretzels for whatever 7-11 sells them.

Bottom line, the flying public has to get over "deserving a meal" for a 2-hour flight when they sit at their desk for 4 hours with no meal served... ride the bus/train with no meal... etc. However, if they could buy a bag of chip for $1 vs. little mini bags of raisins/2cookies/etc., for $5 it might be more palatable.

Food for thought....
(no pun intendedA)



Sawasdee khrab!
User currently offlineASMD80 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1713 times:

Quoting C172 (Thread starter):
I can hear the critics now... "they'll take up space that could be filled with a paying passenger...".

Don't look now, AS just added seats 27 A,B,C to their MD80s by reducing the galley size slightly.

Quoting C172 (Thread starter):

No, wait! IN PLACE OF THE GALLEYS, the airline would place several food/beverage vending machines, simplifying the job of catering/flight attending.

You still need flight attendants. Not to mention the airline would be getting tons of complaint letters from angry pax.

Quoting C172 (Thread starter):
Other in-flight essentials could be sold as well.

Wait a sec. There's duty free for that.

Quoting C172 (Thread starter):
c172... what will he think of next?

I almost forgot:



Some things are actually better at 30,000+ feet...
User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21458 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1708 times:

Quoting Bobster2 (Reply 7):
They should install a minibar in every seatback. 

EK has minibars in each cubby in first on the A345/6, don't they?

Quoting Utapao (Reply 10):
train with no meal

Most rail I know of that isn't just for quick commutes sell food.



Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineUtapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1692 times:

Ikramerica -

Sorry. By "no meal" I meant "included in the price, as many people seem to expect from an airline but not other forms of transportation.


--------
sawasdee



Sawasdee khrab!
User currently offlineQuebecair727 From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1597 times:

Working myself in the vending industry, I think the idea is worth being looked at.

However, I can see right away a problem. It is regarding the currency accepted by the equipments. Having a coin changer and a bill acceptor capable of accepting many currencies is not possible. Canadian coin changers do accept both US and Canadian coin set. That's not a problem. The same is not true for the bill acceptor. As for the euro equipment, to my knowledge, they only accept Euros.

Obvioulsy, the only way such a project could be possible is with the use of a credit card reader. The amount of the transaction would then be treated in the currency of the aircraft nationality. i.e. a French aircraft would charge in Euros, a US aircraft in US dollars and a Canadian aircraft in Canadian dollars.

But before such a project ever comes alive, the vending equipment manufacturers (Crane, AP, USI, Saeco, AMS, Cafection, etc.) would have to redesign their equipments and make them much lighter.

If such a thing ever comes alive, I volunteer myself to fill-up the machines and fix them if need be on the YUL-CDG route in summer and the YUL-PVR route in winter.

[Edited 2005-08-15 11:59:56]

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