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Cabin Service On Low-Cost Carriers  
User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1596 posts, RR: 10
Posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

As the so-called low-cost carriers agressively expand their reach, I am curious about their cabin service. AirTran, for example, offers business-class with complimentary cocktails and either breakfast bars or pretzels/snack mix and economy class with free soft drinks and cookies/pretzels. This works well on AirTran's flights which seldom exceed two to two and a half hours. I would like to know what Southwest, JetBlue, Vanguard, Frontier and Spirit offer. Some of these carriers have practically transcontinental routes; how long of a flight can passengers be expected to forgo a full meal?

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User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

Considering some near transcontinental flights on "regular" airlines don't serve meals, I hardly think that criticism of low-fare ones for serving snacks is warranted. Obivously the popularity of the low-cost carriers, with Jetblue and Southwest in particular, seems to be the best guage of success. Besides the snacks and beverages they serve are perfectly fine. Jetblue adds live PTV, cutting down on the boredom factor.

User currently offlineFly_ATA From United States of America, joined May 2001, 616 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

I have to agree with Afay1. ATA offers drop down video screens, all leather seats with adjustable headrests throughout the cabin to help make the flight more comfortable.

Is the extra $200.00 -$500.00 dollars worth a Sandwich ?? Not to me.


User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1596 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

I'm not criticizing at all. I'm just wondering if any of these airlines can jump in to long-haul markets without changing their product. Apparently, many of the majors are reducing service on shorter flights, so does that mean that the smaller carriers will increase service on the longer hauls?

User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1951 times:

Ah..I see, no offense meant. Its hard to say what the lower cost airlines will do. I think that even small changes mean big money. I once read that AA took olives out of the salads in F class and it saved the airline like $500,000 a year. Lord knows what a real meal would do. Maybe they should partner with McDonalds or something, that would be a good trick.

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

I would be interested to know how much airlines save by not providing free food & drink on-board their a/c.

On a no-frills flight, it is probably better to bring your own water and sandwiches.

I actually flew one of the longest 'no-frills' flights ever, last summer, in the US. It was Jetblue 85 from SEA to JFK-lasted about 4 and a bit hours-as a non-American, I have nothing but praise for the likes of JB-their A320 was spotless, the seats were quite comfy (grey leather), live-tv was on offer-but most surprising of all, FREE water and cookies were delivered to my seat TWICE!!

That struck me as being a bit 'frills'!! For $100, I wasn't complaining!

Ryanair were reported to be interested in insatalling the JB live-tv system, but it would be pay-for-view, with the dreaded credit-card swipe fitted to the side!  Laugh out loud

Regards


User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1596 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1928 times:

Thanks for the comments guys, but I still don't have an answer. Does anyone know what Southwest, Vanguard, JetBlue, Frontier and Spirit serve inflight? Peanuts? Sandwiches? Nothing? Do they offer advance seat selection? Entertainment systems (other than JetBlue's PTVs)? If AirTran were to start ATL-west coast service (which I don't expect anytime soon), could they still get by on pretzels? Switching to food service, even cold sandwiches, would indeed be a huge investment.

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

Sorry, I can't remember whether JB actually offered anything other than cookies and water.

As for the seat selection, you are given a seat map & select your seat on the internet-excellent stuff.

Regards


User currently offlineKLM672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

For Jb: you can choose a drink (soft drinks, coffee, etc) to eat you can choose a chexmix (I think) or blue chips (or both).

That was around noon time so not sure about the rest of the times....


User currently offlineFly_ATA From United States of America, joined May 2001, 616 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

ATA serves soda, coffee, juice etc.. peanuts and biscoff cookies for most flights. I have also seen goldfish crackers and nutragrain type fruit bars on some a/c. Im not sure if sandwiches are still served on longer flights.

User currently offlineVngd4me From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 238 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

Vanguard usually offers Granola Bars, Cheez-its, pretzels, etc... on most flights.

Beverages are Soda or Juice.

Cocktails & Beer for a minimal fee.

on MD-80s Skybox Business Class offers an upgraded snack/light meal & complimentary beverages. This can be purchased beforehand at full fare or as an upgrade at the gate for $50.00 space avail.



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