Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29469 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2935 times:
Many 747s have operated with all-Y seating over the years, especially those used by charter carriers.
Japan Airlines (JL) and All Nippon Airways (NH) operate high-density B747s on domestic routes in Japan although they have a premium cabin on the upper deck with larger business class-type seats sold at a surcharge. JL's 747-400D has 568 seats and their older 747-100 domestic version has 533 seats. JL also uses some 777-300s (non-ER) on domestic routes with 470 seats which must be the highest seating capacity on any twin-engine aircraft (figures per JL website). NH configurations are probably very similar.
The 747-400D built for JL/NH is unusual as it lacks the wingtip extensions and winglets of other 744s; they aren't of much benefit on short domestic routes and only add extra weight. The wingtip extensions and winglets can be added if these aircraft are later used on longhaul routes.
I believe Tokyo Haneda (HND)-Sapporo (SPK) is the world's busiest air route in terms of passengers carried with about 40 JL/NH high-density widebodies daily in each direction.
Re the smallest types with 2-class service, many 50-seat regional jets and similar turboprops, especially in Europe, have 2-class service but with no difference in seating, only in service standards (improved meal service mainly) and other benefits that go with business class fares (lounge access, more frequent flyer miles etc).
The smallest types with a dedicated premium cabin with larger seats and increased seat pitch are probably certain CRJ-700/900s and Embraer 170/190s. AC is one carrier with a separate business class cabin on CRJ-705 and EMB-170/190 with 3-abreast seats vs. 4-abreast in Y.
JJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 2320 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2908 times:
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3): The smallest types with a dedicated premium cabin with larger seats and increased seat pitch are probably certain CRJ-700/900s and Embraer 170/190s. AC is one carrier with a separate business class cabin on CRJ-705 and EMB-170/190 with 3-abreast seats vs. 4-abreast in Y.
A small prop Antonov I took KBP-ODS had a two-class layout, with business class in the back with fixed tables and alternatively forward and backward-facing seats (just like a train carriage).
SR100 From UK - England, joined Dec 2005, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2872 times:
Regarding the smallest aircraft with to classes, I just flew in a Croatia Airlines ATR-42, that has a curtain to divide the Business Class in the rear from Economy Class up front. This aircrafts has 42 seats.
The next small aircraft with two classes is the CRJ-200, i.g. Austrian Arrows flies them with two classes.