Tu144d From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 198 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1756 times:
I was looking at American Airlnes fleet page today it was evident that their "largest aircraft" in terms of passenger capacity was the A-300 and not the 777. The A-300 is configured for 251 passengers and the 777 for 224/245. I'm curious as to why the much larger 777 aircraft carries fewer passengers than the A-300. Is this to take advantage of extra cargo capacity?.
N175dz From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2000, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1734 times:
It's all to do with cabin layout. AA's A300's have 16 First class seats at 40" pitch and the rest is coach. In contrast, AA's 777's (Atlantic Fleet) have 16 first class Flagship suite/bed, then 35 business seats at 60" pitch, then coach.
In short, there is more room taken up in the a/c by the premium cabins (i.e. less seats) in the 777's, leaving less room for coach seating.
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9087 posts, RR: 41
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1719 times:
In addition to what Phil posted: There's no need for crew rests (bunks) on an AA300 like it is on a 777. I don't know whether the AA 777 have bunks upstairs like DL's have, but I'm pretty sure more cabin space is needed for crew rests on the 777 than on the A300.
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Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2111 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1672 times:
Often the bigger aircraft fly longer distances; the airline must sacrifice the weight of a more seats to accommodate extra fuel for the long flight. I even heard of people being bumped from trans-Pacific 744 flights because the airline needed to carry extra fuel to compensate for head winds.
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