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Tuesday 7 February 2023

Is it time to say farewell to on-board shopping?

Is duty free and retail shopping while flying an anachronism whose time has passed?

As airlines look to lighten their loads, do passengers really want to buy oversized bottles of booze and replica airplanes from busy air crew?

Particularly as they can often buy alcohol and other duty-free items like perfumes cheaper and easier at their destination airport.

Finnair is leading the way by ending some of its its in-flight retail services in response to changing customer shopping habits, Travel Mole reports.

The airline says sonsumers are increasingly purchasing via the online shop.

The removal of inflight retail products will decrease overall aircraft weight, which will contribute toward lower fuel bills.

To reduce stocks, Finnair is offering 40% discounts prior to ending its in-flight shopping on February 28.

Pre-order meals and onboard snacks and beverages will still be available.

I think we can expect to see other airlines follow in Finnair's footsteps. Who wants to carry shopping around when you can have it delivered to your door? 

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