Dl767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3115 times:
with the 767-300 seating 269 and the 787-8/787-3 seating 296 (in a two class according to Boeing) airlines looking to replace their 767's have a decision.
in the case of DL they use 767's on domestic routes and would probably replace those with a 787-3, but what would they do with the extra capacity if they didn't need the extra 30 seats? I personally think it would be cool if they kept the same amount of seats and increased legroom, but I have a feeling the airlines wouldn't do that. So if the airline doesn't need the extra capacity then what will they do with the extra space?
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 32726 posts, RR: 85
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2900 times:
They may very well increase legroom and reduce seating densities (sticking to 8-abreast) if they need revenue cargo payload, since the 787-3's range suffers as you fill it with payload and have to reduce the fuel carried.
This assumes, of course, that US airlines purchase the 787-3 or Boeing doesn't fit the blended winglets from the 787-3 to the 787-8, allowing it to fit in smaller gates while allowing them to fill the cabin with seats and the belly with cargo.