IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 41
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2987 times:
KLM had a good last quarter and reached an average fill rate of 82% (pax). Although I think they pretty much have always been scoring 80+. I was surprised to read that SQ only did 68% in their last period. Perhaps their smallest plane being a 777 might have something to do with it (on thinner routes no small planes available)...
SK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2881 times:
As IL76 said, KL has a high LF, on certain intercontinental routes close to 90% (US/CA) and in Europe on some destinations between 85-90% (for example BCN/OSL). More important than the LF is the yield of course. KL is doing pretty good, as WBC bookings are high. Even Europe Select (their C-class product for European flights) scores high. I thought that european c-class bookings would have dropped after KL introduced Europe Select, since there is not much difference with the y-product. Also a 3-3 config on their B737, cramped seating (just 33" for c-class!) and a mediocre catering product. Statistics have proven that I am wrong. Passengers are still willing to pay for it, also the frequent travelers; europe select exists for a few years now, so the passengers know what to expect nowadays. There are -of course- many passengers unpleasantly surprised with the eur c-class on a daily basis, but as long as sales will go up, IMO KL will not go back to the 2-2 or 2-3 config on their B737