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Keeping In Trim: FlyBe Q400 Seat Allocation  
User currently offlinejamesontheroad From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 600 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 10 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2578 times:

Hello all. I'll be flying with BE on Monday (not that unusual) but have just checked in online and seen 'SEQ 1' (somewhat unusual, I'm not normally this organised).

I know that BE pay close attention to aircraft trim on the Q400, and balance the plane according to the number of passengers on board (with the lead steward or stewardess making a final count for the captain prior to push back). But could someone explain to me how the system works?

Namely, in what sequence are seats allocated? Are they always the same seats for SEQ 1, SEQ 2, etc? And how is this then balanced against people who pay to choose their seat in advance or who choose them for free at the check-in kiosk?


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User currently offlineDC3fan From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2011, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2418 times:

From what i can remember from working as a dispatcher with BE aircraft. At MAN the people who pay for their seats usually always paid for a seat near the front and their seats would be already in the system. Then for the flight planning BE have a chart that depending on the number of passengers travelling it would tell you how many seats to block in each bay. 75% of the passengers were always sat in bays C & D especially with loads of 30-40 passengers you would commonly see bay splits of roughly A-5 B-5 C-15 D-15 to get the desired trim. Then whoever would arrive to check in on the day they would always start by seating passengers at the back of the aircraft first and working there way forward, I never knew of the sequence number having any relevance to where you were seated, the only people who had their seat where they wanted, were the people who paid for it. And if the planning is done correctly and check in done correctly you will normally end up with a nice aft trim which BE want for its aircraft.

User currently offlinejamesontheroad From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 600 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 2201 times:

Thanks for the insight DC3fan!

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