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Pre-departure Beverages In First Class At AS  
User currently offlinePAAClipper707 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 50 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4271 times:

Hello all! Alaska Airlines has mentioned the possibility of bringing back pre-departure beverages in the First Class cabins. currently bottled water is offered. It would be wonderful to see this service come back to Alaska! Let hope they do!! any thoughts?


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User currently onlineASFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 1209 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4153 times:

I hadn't heard that, but anything is possible. It can't cost any more then the water bottles we currently offer.

User currently offlineM11Stephen From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4143 times:

What is the big deal with pre-departure beverages? If F pax want a soda so bad they should pick one up in the terminal before they board and if they're to lazy or don't have time then the water should be sufficient.


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User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4118 times:



Quoting M11Stephen (Reply 2):
What is the big deal with pre-departure beverages? If F pax want a soda so bad they should pick one up in the terminal before they board and if they're to lazy or don't have time then the water should be sufficient.

Well I suppose one could BUY a beverage in the terminal before boarding, or have an $8.00 glass of wine in an airport bar. Or they could opt for the complimentary beverage in the comfort of their seat on the plane without having to worry about getting to the gate in-time for boarding, IMO.

Brian


User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3135 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4113 times:



Quoting M11Stephen (Reply 2):
What is the big deal with pre-departure beverages? If F pax want a soda so bad they should pick one up in the terminal before they board and if they're to lazy or don't have time then the water should be sufficient.

It's just a standard industry practice, that's all. Doesn't really cost much and it's a nice touch. Why not?


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4108 times:



Quoting PAAClipper707 (Thread starter):

I thought pre-departure beverages was the norm in first class on all carriers?
Has Alaska Airlines gone that cheap?

United and Virgin America serves pre-departure beverages.
I damn near finished off a bottle of pino noir before push back.



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User currently offlineVANGUARD737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 684 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3948 times:



Quoting M11Stephen (Reply 2):
What is the big deal with pre-departure beverages? If F pax want a soda so bad they should pick one up in the terminal before they board and if they're to lazy or don't have time then the water should be sufficient.

It's called service. Escpecially when you are likely paying hundreds of dollars more, why shouldn't you be treated to a simple pre-departure refreshment?



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User currently offlineB6JFKSEA From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3943 times:

Yeah, it's nice to get a drink pre-departure. AS currently puts out bottled water before the passengers board. The only thing I don't like about pre-departure drinks is that the flight attendant delivering those drinks is usually in the way of coach passengers during the boarding process. I'd rather forgo the drink and leave on time - if not a few minutes early.

User currently offlineDesertFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 516 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3929 times:

Even US offers pre-departure beverages in F..

User currently offlinePAAClipper707 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3854 times:

Who else serves pre-departure beverages in domestic first class?? CO? AA? UA? I was thinking UA had stopped serving pre-departure bevs on the domestic flights? Any UA flyers out there?

I fly Delta's First Class weekly and I have never taken a delay for beverages on the ground? Usually the FA's are finished serving them by the time the gate agents shows with the final paperwork. The FA's are normally in the cabin anyway helping with bags passenger questions, I dont really see them as in the way....but I understand what you are saying.

[Edited 2009-06-05 01:04:08]


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User currently offlinePAAClipper707 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3840 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):

Pre-departure beverages at Alaska Airlines have been gone for about 5+ years now.
I have to fly Unitied's first class soon....do they offer pre-departure bevs domestic?



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User currently offlineLuv08 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3633 times:



Quoting VANGUARD737 (Reply 6):
It's called service. Escpecially when you are likely paying hundreds of dollars more, why shouldn't you be treated to a simple pre-departure refreshment?

Why not...It is just more trash a passenger can throw on the floor of the plane...LOL


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3598 times:



Quoting PAAClipper707 (Reply 10):
I have to fly Unitied's first class soon....do they offer pre-departure bevs domestic?

Yep!  yes 
Their bloody-marys' and screwdrivers are pretty damn strong too.  Cool



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User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3180 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3503 times:



Quoting DesertFlyer (Reply 8):

Yup, and often we get bottled water AND a pre-departure beverage



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User currently offlinePAAClipper707 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3396 times:

Awesome!! what about American and Continental?


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3391 times:



Quoting PAAClipper707 (Reply 14):
Awesome!! what about American and Continental?

I haven't flown their first class in a long time.
A friend of mine flew American first class from Dallas to Chicago and all he got was a bag of pretzels and a soda inflight.



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User currently offlineCitation501SP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

Continental offers a Pre-departure beverage, its really nice on 75's when First is on board and the main cabin is still boarding the FA's don't have to worry about blocking the economy passengers.


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User currently offlineExaauadl From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3261 times:



Quoting PAAClipper707 (Reply 9):
Who else serves pre-departure beverages in domestic first class?? CO? AA? UA? I was thinking UA had stopped serving pre-departure bevs on the domestic flights
? Any UA flyers out there?

Even FL offers pre departure beverages


User currently offlineExaauadl From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3257 times:



Quoting M11Stephen (Reply 2):
What is the big deal with pre-departure beverages? If F pax want a soda so bad they should pick one up in the terminal before they board and if they're to lazy or don't have time then the water should be sufficient.

your profile says you work in customer service...LOL


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33289 posts, RR: 71
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3249 times:



Quoting PAAClipper707 (Reply 14):
Awesome!! what about American and Continental?

Yes, AA has pre-departure beverages, at least on widebody domestic routes.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
A friend of mine flew American first class from Dallas to Chicago and all he got was a bag of pretzels and a soda inflight.

ORD-DFW is a meal service flight when it operates within breakfast/lunch/dinner time.

It is just 5 minutes short block time of being a snack service flight, in which flights outside of meal time have a snack (hamburger, salad, pizza, philly cheesesteak among other things).



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User currently offlineRafflesKing From Singapore, joined Mar 2007, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3243 times:

Quoting B6JFKSEA (Reply 7):
I'd rather forgo the drink and leave on time - if not a few minutes early.

  

I frequently travel in F (admittedly I rely on upgrades for short-haul, but pay for med and long-haul), but share the same opinion of B6JFKSEA. I'd rather the 120-150 pax that need to get behind me more easily get to their seat. If somebody desperately need a vice before in the air, take a dramamine  

But I'll gladly enjoy a cocktail before departure on UA and US 752s when we board through the middle door.

[Edited 2009-06-06 16:58:35]

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