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Profitable JetBlue Slashing Leg Room, Free Bags, WiFi

Profitable JetBlue Slashing Leg Room, WiFi, Free Bags

Profitable JetBlue Slashing Leg Room, WiFi, Free Bags

Once known as a hip, low-cost carrier, JetBlue is shaking things up.

Even though JetBlue is posting billions in revenue, the New York-based airline is eliminating free checked bags and WiFi, and reducing leg room.

The changes will all be implemented by 2017, the Los Angeles Times reports. A new bag policy will be launched early next year, allowing different "fare bundle" options, including one that no longer includes a free checked bag. With JetBlue's new policy, Southwest Airlines remains the only carrier to not charge for checked baggage.

The WiFi charges may be the most annoying, as it was free before and is a necessity for most business travelers; the change takes effect in the second half of 2015. When it comes to leg room, the airline is reducing it from 34 inches to 32 in their economy seats.

JetBlue, long known as the airline without class delineations, recently launched a Mint service that includes lie-flat beds, wine, and cappuccinos for a premium price. 

Meanwhile, Qantas Airlines is adding bigger meals in economy, not smaller, to attract more business.

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