Now we have a new twist in the "make the passenger pay" business model of airelines. It seems that Samoa Airlines is now not only charging passengers bast on the weight of their luggage but of themselves.
"This is the fairest way of travelling," chief executive of Samoa Air, Chris Langton, told ABC Radio. "There are no extra fees in terms of excess baggage or anything – it is just a kilo is a kilo is a kilo."
Under the new system, Samoa Air passengers must type in their weight and the weight of their baggage into the online booking section of the airline's website. The rates vary depending on the distance flown: from $1 per kilogram on the airline's shortest domestic route to about $4.16 per kilogram for travel between Samoa and American Samoa. Passengers are then weighed again on scales at the airport, to check that they weren't fibbing online.(I presume that these are AU$: Today (3 April 2013) $US1 equals 0.95 Australian Dollars)
Or reported in the NY Daily News where I saw it:
Samoa Air, which flies small planes, will begin charging passengers based on weight. 'This is the fairest way of traveling,' the airline's chief says.
As if to confirm this Samoa Airlines website says:
Samoa Air, Introducing a world first:'Pay only for what you weigh'!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 fees, or being charged for baggage you may not carry. Your weight plus your baggage items, is what you pay for. Simple.The Sky's the Limit!
- Reuters reports that Samoan airline says pay by weight plan fairest way to fly
- While Sky News reports thatSamoan Airline Defends Pay-As-You-Weigh Fares
Think of this as another incentive to get down to that "beach ware" body before traveling to the South Pacific.