ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2693 times:
One would imagine that AA might reconsider switching its 757s to denser configuration now:
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 12, 2003--ATA (ATA Airlines, Inc.)(Nasdaq:ATAH - News) passengers will soon get more legroom. ATA will remove 16 seats from each of its 15 Boeing 757-200 aircraft, reducing the number of seats from 216 to 200 seats. This change will increase the seat pitch (the distance between seats in an aircraft's passenger cabin) from 30" to 32" and 33", giving customers more legroom and a more comfortable flying experience.
The transformation will be complete by the first week in October, and will make the seat pitch more consistent with that of the Boeing 737-800 and 757-300 aircraft ATA flies.
"Our fleet of Boeing 757-200 aircraft is used primarily for longer-haul flights," said John Happ, ATA Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. "We're increasing our seat pitch to provide our customers with a more pleasant travel experience."
During the past year, ATA has introduced other customer amenities, including ATA's popular Web Check-In, which allows E-ticketed passengers to print their boarding pass and receipt from their personal computers via ATA.Com. ATA has also continued to add self-service e-ticket kiosks, full-service curbside check-in and gate automation at the airports it serves, allowing customers to save time at the airport and simply board their flight.
"As one of the premier low-cost carriers in the industry, we strive to stay ahead of the trend by delivering low fares without sacrificing top-notch service," said Happ. "We're currently conducting extensive research on customer preferences to extend this commitment further, by discovering what will be most important to our customers for the long term."
ATA's fleet of Boeing 757-200 aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce engines and feature advanced aerodynamics, long-range capabilities and a quiet ride. The aircraft is divided into three cabin sections and is equipped with four lavatories. It also features in-flight entertainment, large overhead bins and full beverage service. In other news, ATA is test marketing offering meals for sale on the long-haul flights this aircraft serves, as well as movies for long-haul flights within the Continental U.S.
Kevin752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 747 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2095 times:
I think that ATA stole this idea from AA. However when I went from LAX-OGG on their LT1011's the leg room was pretty decent includuding that it was a long haul low cost carrier. I that ATA is cool. I went on an AA 757-200 and I had a placebo effect. I belived that the aircraft had more room but it did not but the 737-800 had MRTC.
Acvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2029 times:
Wow ATA F/As must bank...
If saving a 5th F/A is worth 16 seats.
What if we took out all but, 1 seat and saved 3 more F/A jobs that would really make money..
Lemme think an average yield of $55.00 per seat on ATA average stage length (Approx) means the 5th F/A is worth approx $880.00 a flight!!!
That must be a great job. Are they hiring....
Seriously... I think the move is meant to try to show a better load factor then would result as the airline struggles to look good to the street and refinance its debts. Nothing more then smoke and mirrors...
Maybe they shouldn't have grown so aggressively and now they are scrambling to cover....
Flyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2096 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1999 times:
I heard the main reason why we are taking those seats out are because of weight and balance issues and consistancy accross the fleet....good for us to be able to promote it. I was just fine in the 737 - 800 with the pitch...then again I'm 5'6".