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What Happened To Newspapers In Y?  
User currently offlineCabso1 From Canada, joined May 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2724 times:

What ever happened to all the newspapers that were seved to passengers onboard Y? Around 5-6 years ago, all pax used to get a newspaper either when boarding or an F/A used to come around with papers. Nowadays nor do you get a newspaper and when you ask very nicely then they will nick one from the J class and bring it very discreetly back to you. Service is certainly going down. Anybody have any comments to this?

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User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

KL offers newspapers on all non European flights in both C and M class. The newspapers are presented on a trolley at the boarding door. They offer Dutch newspapers (Telegraaf, AD, Volkskrant and FD), US newspapers (Wall Street journal, USA Today), British newspapers (Guardian, HT, FT) and sometimes local newspapers depending on destination.

On European flights newspapers are available for Europe Select passengers only, with the exception of CDG flights. For flights to CDG both Europe select as well as economy passengers are offered a newspaper at the gate (French, Dutch, English). The latter is due to the AF merge. AF is offering newspapers on all flights for all passengers and demanded that for all codeshare flights from AMS-CDG as well. I wonder when -or if- KL will do that for the rest of its flights.

It is a minor service, but highly appreciated by the passengers.

On my recent flight with NW, NO newspapers were offered on the AMS-DTW leg (in WBC!), but the return from MSP-AMS (in Y) FAs walked (or better:ran) through the aisles with US and Dutch newspapers.


User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8410 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2679 times:

I recently flew on OS, on a short 45min flight and they had a good selection of newspapers for the entire cabin. So I guess it depends on which airline you're flying with. Also, LH had a pile of newspapers available as you walked on the plane in FRA, on my flight to the States.

User currently offlineEdina From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 745 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2645 times:

BA offer newspapers to all pax within the UK & Europe, to all pax. C class both in the lounges & at the gate, M class at the gate. From LHR the choice is FT, Times, Telegraph, Mail & Evening Standard after 1230. From UK outstations there is also a local choice eg The Herald from GLA, ABZ , INV, & EDI along with a local choice from most of our European outstations.

On long haul services F & J pax get a full choice of UK papers on baording & select international titles in the lounges. W class get a copy of the Daily Mail & M class none.

[Edited 2006-01-20 17:21:09]


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User currently offlineNWBOS From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 157 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2628 times:

On NW, international Y passengers usually get the leftovers after WBC customers have had their choice. (Usually, all that's left is Financial Times). On Trans-Atlantic flights departing from the US, the International papers come in on the inbound leg that day, and some days KL forgets to board them, or, they are mistakenly thrown out.

I remember our old Chicago Fast-Track area used to have newspapers at the gate for all passengers travelling between MSP/ORD, along with a gate buffet. Those were the days (hard to think just a few years ago)!


User currently offlineFlyGuyClt From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 537 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2624 times:

5 to 6 years ago Oil was not over $60 a barrel and no one was in Chapter 11.

Just my thought.

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User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2611 times:

CX offers newspapers, so do many Asian airlines.

User currently offlineCabso1 From Canada, joined May 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2584 times:

From my recent experiences on EK, GF and QR, they didn't really offer papers as such, you had to request them but generally service as a whole has gone down.

Quoting FlyGuyClt (Reply 5):
5 to 6 years ago Oil was not over $60 a barrel and no one was in Chapter 11.

Agree with you there but then tickets were cheaper and there was no fuel surcharge that we pay these days.


User currently offlineDalb777 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

I remember when i flew DL b/t ATL and FRA in the summer of '03 and '04, the FA's passed out free newspapers in Y class in both German and English. I don't know if that has changed since BK, though.


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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21534 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

As the flying public expanded well beyond the business person and the well healed, the desire for newspapers decreased and the desire for things like AVOD increased. Which is not to say that everyone doesn't read a paper, but those who do it religiously tend to buy their own at this point.


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