Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8851 times:
My wife flew MCI-LAS on Southwest yesterday and said the flight was full. The supersecret number I found that can give you an idea of how full the flight is also indicated that the next flight behind hers to LAS looked "bad" for non-reving. That ain't half bad for a Wednesday flight. As a shareholder in LUV, it gives me the warm fuzzies.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8897 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8838 times:
I don't have exact figures but 3 of the four flights I have taken in the past week (PHL-MSY A319; MSY-DCA 734; DCA-BOS A319) have been full with maybe a seat or two open in the back, with quite a few open up in First; prior to that, my BOS-PHL sector was half full in both cabins, which allowed me to take up a whole row after each passenger more or less grabbed a row for themselves.
Airlinefreak1 From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 260 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8828 times:
on Emirates from DXB to LGW on a B777-300 in April this year- absolutely full - one empty seat in first , but FULL in BIZ and ECON .... passengers where from all over the world , inluding africa, hongkong and singapore ...
in Jan , DXB to CDG on Airfrance B777-200 , 2 empty seats in ECON , but a full flight in all classes ( taken in JAN)
9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8806 times:
Well, my last one was LH from MUC to FRA three weeks ago on an A320 (while an A321 was scheduled) and there were about 70 (!) free seats which isn´t that good for Lufthansa but not really unusual for a domestic afternoon flight.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 8741 times:
It's funny. With the exception of a few people almost everyone who has responded has noted their last flight to having loads of 75 or more per cent, yet the airlines somehow can't make money! These are strange times we're living in.
At any rate, my last flight was BA239 (LHR-BOS) and while I didn't see the other cabins, but I'd say that the flight was maybe 70-75% full.
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Contact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 8726 times:
My last flights:
June 02, 2003:
SkyEurope Emb 120 STR-BTS (Stuttgart-Bratislava):
26 seats out of 30 occupied
June 04, 2003:
SkyEurope Emb 120 BTS-STR:
12 seats out of 30 occupied
I think the fact that most airlines don't make money doesn't only depend on the load factor: more important is the price that the passengers that are on board pay. And with all those new low-cost-carriers around that all want to gain a part of the market, flight prices have totally declined. So even a full plane does not guarantee that the airline makes money with the flight.
About SARS: I think this might only hurt long-haul routes to special countries (China / Hong Kong and other countries, maybe also Canada). But I don't think that this affects for example inner-European flights.