Pcolley17 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 11 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4599 times:
I recently returned from DEL to EWR on a 777. It was not full and the flight crew asked everyone to in the forward economy class to move towards the rear to fill unoccuppied seats near the wings. I had asked the pilot why this occurred and he was stumped. Once the plane took off we were allowed to return to our seats. The plane was not full. Any idea as to why this happened.
IAHcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3584 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4547 times:
Oh..oh..oh.. I know.. Pick Me.. ..
That would be for weight and balance .... With a light pax load the plane must have been a bit nose heavy. (think of a schoolyard teeter/todder}. Having people move rearward for departure would help distribute the load more evenly between the front and rear of the aircraft.
Flyer732 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1386 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4511 times:
Aircraft with a larger premium cabin tend to be a bit nose heavy anyways. Best bet if you don't have much cargo either, is to move people. Only really needed for takeoff and landing.
Then again, when you do your own weight and balanc and seat the passengers accordingly, its much easier and they don't know the difference.