Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Today's USAirways Experience

I flew USAirways today. I'm in Florida, making a visit to my 88 year old Dad.

This was the first time I've flown USAirways since the new charge-for-a-drink rule went into effect. Soda, juice and water is $2.00. Coffee or tea is $1.

I didn't see much money being made on beverages. Admittedly USAirways saved a lot of money by not handing out free drinks. But the coffee, at $1, was ‘advertised’ as ‘fresh brewed’. So if one person wants coffee, do they make only one cup? Or do they have to make a full pot?

Some people joked about how the airline would carry fewer beverages and, therefore, save fuel by carrying less weight. If there is anything to that, I didn’t see any indication of it, as the beverage cart looked full to me.

On the positive side, I saw pillows and blankets available free.

On the negative side, I wonder if a new fuel saving strategy is not heating the air inside the plane. I don’t get cold easily and yet I was freezing on both of the flights I was on today.

Big kudos to my ROC to CLT pilots. Weather into Charlotte was very turbulent and the pilots definitely had their work cut out for them. Obviously we came through it safely.

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