Emirates to do away with paper to cut weight, GulfNews.com, July 20, 2008. They will save over 4 pounds (2 kilograms) per seat (2,000 pounds per plane) by getting rid of the in-flight magazines. 4 pounds of in-flight magazines per seat – those are heavy magazines!
I guess it makes sense to get rid of some of the extras to make the flight lighter, but I think we are getting close to the border of ridiculous. Won’t passengers carryon more reading material if they know the in-flight magazines are gone? Or are in-flight magazines never read and this is just a good excuse to ditch them? (I never read the in-flight magazines.) Let’s see if other airlines follow Emirates on this one.