Samoa Air the First Airline to Charge Passengers by Weight
Samoa Air is apparently the first airline to charge passengers by weight.
Not the weight of their bags….the PASSENGER’S actual weight.
A section of the Samoa Air homepage reads:
“We at Samoa Air are keeping airfares fair, by charging our passengers only for what they weigh. You are the master of your Air’fair’, you decide how much (or little) your ticket will cost. No more exorbitant excess baggage fee’s [sic], or being charged for baggage you may not carry. Your weight plus your baggage items, is what you pay for. Simple.”
“Airplanes don’t run on seats, they run on weight,” Samoa Air’s Chief Executive, Chris Langton, told Radio Australia.
A section of the airline’s web site titled “How does pay what you weigh work?” outlines the steps in determining a passengers final airfare.
Step 1. Select ‘book online’, and choose your flight
Step 2. Enter your details, including your estimated weight(s) of passengers and baggage
Step 3. Your airfare is then calculated using your weight.
Step 4. You travel happy, knowing full well that you are only paying for exactly what you weigh… nothing more.
ABC News reports:
‘And while Langton said there’s “no doubt in my mind this is the concept of the future,” it will likely take major carriers quite awhile to warm up to the concept, if they ever do.
But on the other hand, did you ever think 10 years ago you’d be paying for checked bags?’
Do you agree with this? Do you think it is fair? And do you think more airlines will adopt this policy? Sound off in the comments below…
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