LatinAviation From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1279 posts, RR: 14 Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1839 times:
In Copa's form 20-F filed with the SEC, they state that in 2008 they'll reconfigure their 737-800s by adding two additional business class seats and 3 additional economy class seats, increasing the total number of seats from 155 to 160.
How are they adding these seats? Removing a lav, closet or galley area?
SJOtoLIR From Costa Rica, joined Jul 2007, 4761 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1482 times:
I was wrong thinking the current CM's 738s struggle technically in some long operations, such as PTY-LAX 1x daily and PTY-EZE 2x daily. These segments are not far from the maximum comfortable bound established for the 738 fully loaded. Such range is roughly 3000 nm.
I would assume great loads for these tracks, because the 738 is the biggest plane involved on their entire fleet.
It is not necessary to deploy a better airplane in range as the 73G in such routes, taking into account its overall capacity in both passengers and cargo is less than the amount for the 738.
More seats mean payload restrictions are not an issue yet for CM's "long-hauls" with 738, making these routes even more profitable for them.
However, the comfortableness for passengers should be reduced due to the areas that are being seemingly sacrificed when such reconfiguration come into force.