- Apr 30, 2006
- Total Time
I can't believe this is even a press release. LOL
Southwest Airlines will no longer serve lemons as part of its beverage service, a move that the carrier says will save it $100,000 a year. "Southwest says the lemon-less directive takes effect Oct. 1," The Associated Press writes. "Instead, it's going green and will provide only lime slices to the citrusly inclined," writes The Dallas Morning News, which first reported the story.
Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins tells the Morning News the company's internal feedback showed that customers did not need to have the options for both lemons and limes. So, since the feedback showed limes were the preference, the limes stayed. "At the end of our 3,200 daily flights, we found an excess of lemons and needless waste," Hawkins says to the Morning News. "Therefore, the flights are going to be lime-only."
Terry Maxon, aviation reporter at the Morning News,adds a bit of historical perspective to the move. He writes "the decision brings to mind former American Airlines chief Robert L. Crandall's famed 1987 decision to pull the single olive that went into each first-class salad on American flights." AA estimated that saved it about $40,000 a year and Maxon says it "helped cement Crandall's reputation as a shrewd financial manager."