17 Things Airlines Change In Order To Save Money That Passengers Might Not Notice

Change is inevitable, especially talking about airlines. With all of the increasing oil prices and amount of flyers, airlines are making all of the necessary alterations to their aircraft. From making the seats thinner to removing video screens and even giving up life vests on board – here are the 17 things airlines are changing, according to inc.com:

  1. Thinner seats

This is a popular way of saving space and oil for lots of airlines, especially for United and Southwest. However, the passengers are not so happy about it. "I know these have a less than stellar reputation," United representative said, "but they can be just as comfortable as the previous seats once you work them in."

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  1. Giving up plastic straws

Recently, we wrote about Alaska airlines going strawless in order to save oceans from the waste. But at the same time, airlines are saving because of the lighter planes. American airlines have followed this initiative to ditch the straws in order to drop 71,000 pounds as a result.

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  1. Lighter on board magazines

United as well as British Airways have reduced the weight of the magazines per passenger by a half. This was achieved by changing the card stock on the in-flight magazines.

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  1. Less amounts of paper in the cockpits

The representative of Southwest Airlines (LUV) stated:  "We recently finished equipping our pilots and flight attendants with electronic flight bags, eliminating the need to carry paper charts and manuals.  Switching to these tablets removed 80 pounds from each flight and saved more than 576,000 gallons of fuel."

  1. Smaller video screens…

In addition to making video screens smaller, there are fewer power boxes for them, too. JetBlue (JBLU) representative pointed out: "On our restyled A320 aircraft, our (Inflight Entertainment) IFE is lighter and there are fewer of those under seat boxes that power the IFE."

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  1. …or no video screens at all

While other airlines are reducing the size of their IFE, United decided to give up video screens for good. "We've removed video screens as you know," United's representative stated. "Many people are bringing their own on board. We offer streaming PDE--personal device entertainment instead. That's a considerable weight-savings."

  1. Lighter utensils

An Australian airline Qantas has developed new line of flatware and tableware that is lighter by 11 percent. "The range has now rolled out across our International fleet (and Domestic business class), resulting in an annual saving of up to 535,000 kilograms in fuel," – a spokesperson said.

  1. Removing heavy plates from the first class

According to the Telegraph, Virgin Atlantic “has thinner glassware and got rid of its heavy, slate plates from upper class."

  1. No duty free on board

United Airlines ditched duty free purchases on board like bottles of alcohol and perfume. By doing so, the airline is hoping to save more fuel.

  1. Restocking the galley

Southwest Airlines (LUV) stated: "We changed the way we stock our galleys, reducing the weight carried on each flight, and saving an additional 148,000 gallons of fuel in 2014 and 2015 combined."

  1. Giving up receipts

British company Thomas Cook stopped printing in-flight paper receipts in order to save paper as well as make planes lighter and by doing so – save fuel.

  1. Smaller tray tables

Spirit Airlines (S64) (SAVE) are known to have rather small tray tables – they weight much less than the usual ones and are not as expensive to manufacture.

  1. Lighter drink carts

More and more airlines are putting efforts to make their drink carts lighter – some of them are serving less drinks on night flights as people tend to drink less at night.

  1. Fewer life vests

This one does not sound very assuring, but about a decade ago, Air Canada (ADH2) has given up on life vests and replaced them with lighter floatation devices. However, this is allowed only on those flights that are within 50miles radius from the shore.

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  1. Different lime slicing

Apparently, the way you cut the limes makes a huge difference. Northwest Airlines has been cutting limes in 16 slices instead of 10, in this way reducing the number of lime they have to carry by almost a half.

  1. Less olives

United Airlines came up with the idea almost three decades ago. The airline realized that removing one olive from every salad might save them almost 40,000 dollars a year. Nowadays the airline might save around 89,000 dollars a year.

  1. Lighter passengers

This was just a suggestion, but Samoa Air came up with the idea to implement a tax, where passengers would be charged for what they weigh. Moreover, one Japanese airline All Nippon Airways almost a decade ago "asked passengers to visit the lavatory before boarding because empty bladders means lighter bladders."