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19:51  22 january  2021
19:51  22 january  2021 Source:   thetakeout.com

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American Airlines has launched an at-home inflight wine experience called Flagship Cellars. Pictured are some of the bottles previously only available onboard an AA flight that flyers can now have delivered to their door. Customers can select from curated collections of mixed wines

American Airlines has landed on a novel way of selling off its excess hooch after suspending in-flight liquor sales: starting a wine delivery According to CNN Business, American Airlines Flagship Cellars will offer a la carte wine sales, custom or “curated” cases and a monthly subscription.

The pandemic has taken a lot from us. Time with loved ones, social interaction, economic stability, and... drinking fancy wine on planes? Airlines are doing way less business than usual, CNN reports, and the majority have banned in-flight booze to reduce the amount of time flight attendants have to spend interacting with customers. (I suspect this is also to reduce in-flight debauchery.) That means there’s a lot of designated airplane wine with nowhere to go—which is why American Airlines is trying to sell and ship the excess directly to people’s homes.

Bottles of wine lined up on white countertop © Photo: GEORGES GOBET (Getty Images) Bottles of wine lined up on white countertop

The new program, called American Airlines Flagship Cellars, will allow customers to buy wine by the bottle, in custom “curated” cases, or via a $99-a-month subscription plan with a monthly three-bottle shipment. CNN reports that the wine would otherwise be served to customers with American Airlines’ “Flagship” tickets—basically, the fanciest seating option money can buy on international and transcontinental flights.

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American Airlines is trying to sell wine it hasn't been able to pour on flights to customers at home. One option is a monthly subscription for 3 wines at American Airlines announced that it was going to get rid of their unused wine by offering a new, at-home wine delivery *service* with a new program.

American Airlines takes its wine program very seriously. The airline has a track record of excellence in viticulture, winning more Global Traveler Wines on the Wing awards than any other After Qantas retired the last of its aging 747 fleet, it decided to auction off its bar carts to raise a bit of extra cash.

American Airlines told CNN that it estimates the new program will bring in up to $50,000 in revenue during the first three months of 2021. And that’s totally fine—I can understand why a massive operation would want to protect its bottom line in a time of crisis. It’s just that the rest of American’s messaging is a little fishy. “Though revenue is important, Flagship Cellars is more so a way of engaging with customers, even when they are not traveling with us,” a spokesperson told CNN. “It also gives them a taste of what you can enjoy in Flagship First or Flagship Business.” Sure, I guess. I may not be able to go to work, see my friends, make future plans, or spend time basking in my favorite local businesses, but at least I can get a taste of pricey plane wine. What I’d really like, though, is a shipment of lukewarm ginger ale and some Biscoff wafers. Now that’s luxury.

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