Is Air Canada reconfiguring seating in its mainline aircraft to put in fewer business class seats, or maybe eliminate J Class altogether in certain aircraft?
What got me wondering is this: I have an AC flight booked for YEG-YVR return on April 18, returning on April 22. The seating assignments for me were as follows: 3A YEG-YVR, on a 732, and 25F, returning on an A319. The surprise was the "3A" part - this is normally a business class seat on AC's 737-200s! And no, my dad did not request a J-class seat in booking me on the best round trip fare the airline came up with. (about $225CDN)
I had phoned the airline to confirm that my flights were indeed confirmed (I couldn't get a hold of my dad at the time - typical of him), and that's when I found out the seating assingment. I decided against asking any more questions and accepted it - what's wrong with a Y-class seat? I sure as hell wouldn't complain if it were the case!! But after I got my itinerary/receipt in the mail a couple of weeks later saying the same seats, it did dawn on me that either one of three things happened:
1. The agent made a typo error (I kinda doubt that, or then again, may be that's what happened-! If that's true, then I'll likely be reassigned to a different seat - in economy class.)
2. AC is already reducing the number of business class seats in its aircraft, particularly narrowbodies like the 732 and the A319. (Actually would not be surprising, since airlines often do that in the face of tougher times ahead) And that may mean the seat could well be a bulkhead one, which I certainly don't mind at all.
3. AC is eliminating J-class altogether seating on some mainline a/c. (strange when it's already done that with Tango!)
Please keep in mind that AC Tango doesn't even fly the YEG-YVR route, nor is there anything about Tango flying that rout anytime soon.
If this reconfiguring thing is true, what might the typical seating configurations be in its mainline aircraft?