| GEO Business|
| BA stops short-haul meals|
| Updated at: 1245 PST, Thursday, July 30, 2009|
LONDON: British Airways says it will stop its in flight meal service for short-haul economy passengers in an attempt to save the debt laden airline 22 million pounds ($NZ5 million).
Analysts say BA is the most vulnerable among major European airlines to a prolonged industry downturn and, in spite of a near-$1 billion fund raising; it is fighting to cut costs.
BA said it was scrapping the sandwich or full meal served on short-haul flights of less than two and a half hours, but would continue to serve complimentary snacks and drinks.
Passengers will not be able to buy food onboard, a system used by budget airlines.
The airline said customers would still differentiate it from budget carriers.
The airline, which employs around 40,000 people, said on certain routes the meal service had around 30 percent wastage.