The drinks aren't on us

6 Oct 2005 by business traveller

Bmi economy passengers will soon have to pay extra to enjoy a glass of red wine on long haul flights.

The UK-based carrier is to introduce charges for alcoholic drinks from January 3.

The airline will be the first European carrier to make such a charge, which will apply to all alcoholic drinks, including those served with the in-flight meal.

A spokesman for BMI said: "A number of US carriers already charge for alcoholic drinks on their flights, so this move will bring us in line with them."

He added that the charge would also enable Bmi to distinguish between its long haul economy and premium economy cabins, with the latter continuing to offer complimentary alcoholic drinks. Business class passengers will be unaffected by this change.

In addition to the new charges, BMI is to introduce a paid-for snack range on long haul flights. From November, passengers will be able to purchase sweet and savoury snacks from the voyager onboard shopping guide.

Report by Mark Caswell

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