US Airways Drops Beverage Charges

US Airways will stop charging for non-alcoholic beverages on March 1, according to a letter to employees from CEO Doug Parker.

The airline started charging for beverages — including bottled water — on Aug. 1 last year. The move was unpopular and the other major airlines did not follow suit.

Parker acknowledged this in his letter, noting that the charges became a focal point for complaints and that “with US Airways being the only large network carrier to charge for drinks, we are at a disadvantage.”

US Airways, Parker said, remains committed to the strategy of a la carte pricing. Last week the airline stopped supplying free blankets and pillows and started charging $7 for a “power-nap sack kit.”

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