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BA says goodbye to in-flight shopping on short-haul, the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph

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British Airways has made an internal announcement that it is phasing out in-flight shopping on short-haul flights from January.

January 2018 sees the arrival of the first A320 / A321 NEO aircraft which will come with new high-density seating.  At the same time, the existing short-haul fleet will begin to be retrofitted to the same design.

One key plank of the new design is the removal of the toilets at the rear of the aircraft.  These will now be built into the back wall, allowing extra rows of seats to fill the space currently taken up by the loo.

The downside is that the space available for storage trolleys is reduced by the width of the loo.  Something has to give, and that ‘something’ is the cart containing the shopping items.

Shopping will remain on the aircraft which have yet to be converted, but as this becomes a bit of a lottery I would suggest that you make your giant Toblerone purchases in the terminal instead.

To be honest, I am surprised that in-flight shopping has survived so long.  Sales always seemed minimal on short-haul flights.  Has anyone at BA ever done the maths on the fuel burn generated by an additional heavy trolley and the brochures?

I can’t help thinking that whatever profit is generated from in-flight sales would be eaten up by fuel costs, and that is before you factor in the crew time required at a time when some flights are struggling to serve all ‘buy on board’ customers.

And newspaper changes too …..

Change is also coming to the British Airways newspaper selection.

From TODAY, the Daily Telegraph will no longer be available on board, in British Airways lounges or at the gates.

From 23rd December, the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday will no longer be offered.

British Airways says that this is due to the scrapping of bulk distribution deals by these two titles.  If this is accurate then they are also likely to disappear from hotel lobbies and other airport lounges amas well.

Other newspapers, primarily The Times and Financial Times, will continue to be offered.

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Comments (131)

  • Mark says:

    There’s nothing more satisfying than reading the mail in F! Just for the looks.

    • Will says:

      Would genuinely assume the Daily Heil & Tory rag are the most popular reads in F.

  • Julian says:

    But the something important, namely the free sandwich or meal plus tea or coffee and soft drink or wine or gin and tonic etc, has already gone.

    So what is the difference now between BA (short haul) and Easyjet or Norwegian? As far as I can see it the only difference is that only BA flies out of Heathrow but that only Norwegian offers free wifi.

    • Catalan says:

      Why should it be different? There’s no money in shorthaul unless you’re a LLC. Most of BA’s shorthaul traffic is from transferring passengers to/from its longhaul network. Point to point traffic works only on LLCs like easyJet/Ryanair, as Virgin discovered when its Little Red project failed. They had no feeder traffic!

      • Anna says:

        Then why no Man-Gatwick shuttle any more? They must have lost so much of their Caribbean business when they cancelled this service.

    • The_real_a says:

      There is none. I came to this realisation about 8-9 years ago. Ryanair/easy/wizz + priority pass + priority boarding is far more comfortable than BA. The only reason i flew BA for so long was because heathrow happened to be incredably convienient. Now im up north, short haul airlines are just a bus.

  • The_real_a says:

    You all sound like old farts! Printed words on physical paper? Good lord how 20th century… 😉

  • Briandt says:

    I think you may find that most readers turn right, while the smug sumptuous lot turn left.

  • Will says:

    Surprised to see so many anti Daily Heil comments. My gut feel would be that BA pax are a hugely mixed bunch but the loss of the Tory rag and Daily Heil would result in elderly protest from a lot of its very loyal Brexity passengers.

  • Whiskerxx says:

    Just wondering if there will be a copy of the Mail in the lucky bag at the Xmas do? 🙂

  • Lesley says:

    Just because I love it here is a sort of appropriate link
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eBT6OSr1TI

  • Martin says:

    I’m fairly sure I have never bought anything onboard a BA flight or any other flights.