Close watchers of the airline industry might have seen it, but some folks no doubt missed Paul Nyhan's story in Saturday's edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that reported Alaska Airlines'
That's because airlines are increasingly looking for ways to save money -- from selective routing a la Southwest
I happen to enjoy flights on Alaska, which I've found to be a customer-friendly airline with good service and competitive prices on appealing flights. Personally, meanwhile, I have to think that airlines have generally been slow to scale back meal service -- especially since it's difficult to believe that most folks on anything but long flights look forward to much more than a ginger ale or apple juice, two things many grown-ups won't bother drinking anywhere else.
As a flier, however, I suspect that a move like this would be pretty tough to swallow. Airports, especially those that get revamped, are gradually becoming better places to shop and eat; Alaska would have to put together a pretty strong offering, even at $5, for me to bother taking a chance on it at all. Indeed, the company apparently plans "hearty sandwiches," which sounds a lot more appetizing than "chickenorfish."
And I can hear the stand-up comics lining up to take first crack at this move even now. Heck, the marketing to convince me that it's worth a try might not be worth the money spent. Still, you can't fault 'em for trying. Any old airport, you might say, in a storm.
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Fool contributor Dave Marino-Nachison doesn't own any of the companies in this article.