Bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8320 posts, RR: 9 Posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2697 times:
I was just wondering if there were any websites which showed the loads on flights. I know that there is Amadeus but are there any others? Once I visited a website which showed loads (But I cannot remember what it was called) and it showed the avaliablity like for example 4F 5B 6J 8Y 9X 8Z 8R.. etc. For mere mortals like myself I'm only familiar with what F J an Y are and I do realise that discount fares have different class codes. but the numbers, which I assume are the avaliable seats, sort of confuse it a little.
All the letters to Y are business/first and everything after Y is coach (Y is the most expensive coach fare).
You will only see numbers up to 9. That means that there are at least that many seats for that fare class. Now, that doesn't mean that 9+9+9+9+9=45. It can mean many more. At the same time the seat buckets (fare classes) can change day by day so it's really hard to say exactly how many seats total there are available. But as long as there are a lot of 9s out there the flight is pretty light...
Utapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 9 Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2637 times:
I shudder when I read about people who base their opinions on whether a flight is full or not on the seatmap online. And it is difficult to explain regular availability vs. upgrade/award availability. It's a circus, and unless you have access to loads and can watch loads and seats per category change on a daily basis it doesn't make a lot of sense to most people.
Yield Management is one of the most interesting areas of operations, and can make or break an airline. Imagine if there weren't computer applications to handle it!!
No... it means there are:
... at least 4 First (F/A)
... at least 4 Biz (C/J/D) and
... at least 9 Coach (Y) which at the time this display showed would have included all of the discount fares B-Z.
Now... depending on fare rules, on what categories are available on the return portion, etc., the appropriate class will be selected and the numbers above would change IF it causes any of those categories to dip below 9 (or the max 4 shown for F/A and C/J/D)
Quoting NKMCO (Reply 1): Now, that doesn't mean that 9+9+9+9+9=45
Utapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 9 Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2459 times:
Quoting Hawaiian717 (Reply 5): F0 A0 J0 Y1 B1 M1 Q1 T1 S1 U1
This probably means there is just one seat left for sale, but you can buy it in any coach booking class. So as soon as you reserve it (say in S), the display then looks like this:
You are absolutely right... but hope everyone remember "seat for sale" normally has nothing to do with actual capacity.
One seat left to sell would normally mean the flight is already oversold. If there are 150 seats, the airline is probably selling 160-170 or more (depending on route, season, day of the week, history)... so even though there is one more Coach seat for sale, the flight is probably overbooked.
AirScoot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 688 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2324 times:
Those numbers are for authorized sales - not actual inventory.. and I don't know of any carrier out there that would allow actual loads to be available through any internet tool (talk about handing the store to the competition).
You may see 9 seats available across the board.. but that doesn't mean that the flight was authorized for 15 over actual capacity. (Authorized at 120.. actual number of seats on the aircraft is 105).
Looking at inventory availability is about as useful as looking at a seatmap to see what loads actually are.
Carduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1585 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2189 times:
All airline availability displays include any overbooking profile (percentage) that Yield Management care to place on the figures.
When some flights are opened for sale, around 360 days before departure, there may well be a 100% overbooking profile placed on say, Y class. This is reduced as the flight gets closer to departure, and even then the flight can be 10% or more! I once did an exercise on how many seats were actually booked and later cancelled on various flights before arriving at the actual load factor after departure. The answer, as you can imagine vaires enormously, but can run up to several hundred. Yield Management know this and that is why they can adjust the overbooking profile accordingly, very often based on 'natural wastage' ie seats booked and then cancelled!
Personally, I never bother with even looking at all the sub classes as they are a waste of time! Just look at the 'parent' or 'zone' or 'compartment' classes of F, J, W (for World Traveller), and Y. All the other classes are subordinate and irrellevant! In Europe use C instead of J.
Having said that, I'll repeat, very often all of these compartment codes will still have an overbooking profile on them right up to check-in. Most of the time these flights clear and go full, or even light. That's the whole reason for the Yield Management Department - their job is to get the flights as full as possible!
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