BA may start BoB in Y longhaul!

Old Apr 9, 17, 4:42 am
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Is it legal to not have some sort of meals included on longer flights?

I have done several low cost long-hauls (e.g. Air Transat) and there was always something to eat that was included in the basic fare / without needing to pay extra.

I came across this TR today Thomas Cook LGW-CPT | Better than BA in Economy ! and it says the meals were also free but extra food could be purchased.
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Old Apr 9, 17, 4:45 am
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I think that the operative word is "may". They haven't done it yet. Maybe they never will. Still that shouldn't stop this thread running to 28 pages.
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Old Apr 9, 17, 4:46 am
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This would make downgrades even more interesting.
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Old Apr 9, 17, 5:02 am
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Originally Posted by :D! View Post
Is it legal to not have some sort of meals included on longer flights?
Yes. Ask Norwegian. Their transatlantic LowFare ticket has food as a paid for optional pre order added extra
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Old Apr 9, 17, 5:04 am
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Originally Posted by scubaccr View Post

Not workable on 8hour USA flights
It's already happened 40 years ago - Laker Airways Skytrain. I flew LGW-JFK return in December 1977, and bought my own food pre-flight.

Could it be that BA will introduce an additional Y cabin baggage allowance - a wicker hamper:

https://www.fortnumandmason.com/prod...r?taxon_id=755
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Old Apr 9, 17, 5:28 am
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I've been saying this for a while, but I think it's inevitable (and not just at BA either).

Innovation will come only in two senses:

1) stripping back the legacy economy class offering to the lowest common public transport denominator of a seat to a destination
2) minimising the impact of a low margin base service through passenger volume (further densification) and optional paid-for add-ons.
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Old Apr 9, 17, 5:58 am
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I've been thinking about this, and I've come to the conclusion that i don't mind too much about bringing my own food. It's hit and miss what you get, so maybe best to do my own catering.

What is a real shame is not getting the complimentary drinks. I guess there's something psychological about knowing you've got access to a "free" bar
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Old Apr 9, 17, 6:05 am
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Originally Posted by PUCCI GALORE View Post
I think that the operative word is "may". They haven't done it yet. Maybe they never will. Still that shouldn't stop this thread running to 28 pages.
I think you're right - about the thread quickly running to 28 pages.

Unfortunately I think its certain the 'may' will turn to 'will' as long as the top brass of BA continue to convince themselves the cuts are what the customer wants.

Its hard to believe that it is less than 3 months since BOB started on SH.
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Old Apr 9, 17, 6:07 am
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I can't imagine BoB on long-haul flights being incorporated. There's simply too much competition that won't/doesn't charge for meal service, as opposed to short-haul whereby there's little option or, at very least, inconvenient routing. It wouldn't surprise me if airlines tried to use rumours like this to leverage their catering services in contract negotiations, but I'd guess for any airline to incorporate it well they either need to be selling incredibly cheap tickets (which come under the cost of BAs taxes and carrier charges), or for every airline to go that route.
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Old Apr 9, 17, 6:09 am
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Old Apr 9, 17, 6:11 am
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Long haul BOB will only work if:
1, Free soft drinks are offered
2a, one simple meal is included with the option of buy up; or
2b, an expanded PY section so that only a very small number of cheap Y seats being sold without meals.
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Old Apr 9, 17, 6:13 am
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Never going to happen. Even the lowest of the low for full service carriers have meals in longhaul Y.
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Old Apr 9, 17, 6:25 am
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Originally Posted by xenole View Post
Sure someone will look at things in a "300+ people starving back in Y, but hey, we've got a plastic (or perhaps actually real) flower in the toilet!" sort of way



Thomas Cook etc. seem to manage with pre-ordering of meals on their flight to the US and the Caribbean.
BA mind you will probably load 4 meals onto a trolley for 300 people and hit their sales targets by selling all four in the first row.

Going slightly off topic, how successful has the take up of the pre-ordering of the fancier economy etc. meals been?
actually TC give free meals on longhaul this changed about 2 years ago
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Old Apr 9, 17, 6:25 am
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Originally Posted by mkjr View Post
Never going to happen. Even the lowest of the low for full service carriers have meals in longhaul Y.
Maybe they won't get rid of all free food but I would be very surprised if free booze is still available in long haul Y in a year or two.
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