3. Cost-cutting

In 1987, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLENT000002" title="American Airlines" href="/topic/business/transportation-industry/air-transportation-industry/american-airlines-PLENT000002.topic">American Airlines</a> removed one olive from each first-class salad for a savings of about $40,000 a year. In a more recent cost-cutting move, American announced in 2004 that it would get rid of pillows on its MD-80 planes for an annual windfall of about $300,000. The next year, Northwest Airlines ditched free pretzels in coach class on its domestic flights, saving $2 million a year.<br>
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<i>(Above: American Airlines maintenance crews look over an MD-80 at DFW International Airport in Dallas.)</i>
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( MCT file photo / March 26, 2008 )

In 1987, American Airlines removed one olive from each first-class salad for a savings of about $40,000 a year. In a more recent cost-cutting move, American announced in 2004 that it would get rid of pillows on its MD-80 planes for an annual windfall of about $300,000. The next year, Northwest Airlines ditched free pretzels in coach class on its domestic flights, saving $2 million a year.

(Above: American Airlines maintenance crews look over an MD-80 at DFW International Airport in Dallas.)

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