cxsjr
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BA Next To Charge For Alcohol?

Thu Mar 10, 2005 8:10 am

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?  expressionless 
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Ralgha
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RE: BA Next To Charge For Alcohol?

Thu Mar 10, 2005 8:16 am

Damnit we all deserve free booze!!! It's so much cheaper than any other drink is!
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RE: BA Next To Charge For Alcohol?

Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:04 am

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Flighttime
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RE: BA Next To Charge For Alcohol?

Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:15 pm

I believe we have always listed a certain amout of the bonded alcohol at the end of the duty free stock list. However it could potentially happen on eurofleet Y under our new boss Willie Walsh.
 
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RE: BA Next To Charge For Alcohol?

Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:17 pm



Quoting Ralgha (Reply 1):
we all deserve free booze

No, it's not, for the millionth time, free: it is included in the price of your ticket.
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RE: BA Next To Charge For Alcohol?

Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:22 pm



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 4):
No, it's not, for the millionth time, free: it is included in the price of your ticket.

Sounds like you've said this a couple of times before then Pe@rson  Wink

You are of course right.

Having said that, it would be lovely to think that they would drop the price of the ticket to reflect that you would now have to pay extra for alcohol - can't see it happening somehow....
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RE: BA Next To Charge For Alcohol?

Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:28 pm

Oh my god, what would teh poor brits do w/o free booze on board  Wink

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RE: BA Next To Charge For Alcohol?

Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:31 pm



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
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RE: BA Next To Charge For Alcohol?

Thu Mar 10, 2005 7:09 pm

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
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RE: BA Next To Charge For Alcohol?

Thu Mar 10, 2005 7:20 pm

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.
 
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RE: BA Next To Charge For Alcohol?

Thu Mar 10, 2005 7:24 pm



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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