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.