This Pop’s For You, US Airways Brings Back Free Drinks

On Monday US Airways announced that free beverages will be making a comeback on their US Airways and US Airways Express Flights starting in March.
Last year when US Airlines started asking a $1 for a cup of java and 2 bucks for a water and soft drinks they heard the boos. They are now receding that profit margin to get in the good graces of air travelers.

The move was an effort to offset the higher cost of fuel.

The New York Times reports:

“With US Airways being the only large network carrier to charge for drinks, we are at a disadvantage,” Mr. Parker wrote in the memo. “This difference in our service has become a focal point that detracts from all of the outstanding improvements.”

Passengers will soon be offered soda, juices, tea, water, and coffee to enjoy on their flights.

For those who require something a bit stronger beer, wine and cocktails for $7.

While the airlines is giving their customers a free drink don’t expect the baggage fees to shrink anytime soon. That is where US Airlines is making a huge profit.

The company is expecting to make between $400 and $500 million this year on checked baggage, premium seats and pillows.

In the last year US Airlines has moved up its service in terms of being on-time. They had the best record among the big six US carriers. The U.S. Transportation Department had ranked it at or near at dead last in prior years.

Perhaps the announcement has already helped the company. US Airlines shares were up to 5.77 percent at $3.30 on the New York Stock Exchange.


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