I flew AA from SNA to EZE last month, with more than just a few connections. I flew on two 738s, a 757, a 763, a 777 (
), and two MD-80s (both ex-TWA). I wasn't expecting much of a difference, but compared to my last experience flying (4-2001 on a DL 757; cramped the whole time), I was pleasantly surprised. I could cross my legs, and my knees didn't hit the front of the seat in front of me...and I am 5'10". You really don't think that those extra inches would make a difference, but they do.
NOW - for the logistics part -
I seriously doubt AA will pull the plug on MRTC.
It is such a big thing for them. It is THE advertising campaign...this is AA's trump card...they are "the only airline to remove seats for more room throughout coach."
To prove a point:
* It's on every drink napkin
* The F/As remind you on every single flight in the boarding announcements about it
* Passengers like it - I would seriously consider flying AA over another airline and pay a tad more for some space...
I agree with what was stated above - I think "economizing" the fleet means axing Biz/First Class on some flights.
P.S. Anybody been to ORD and seen the cabin mockup with AAs seats compared to other airlines' seats? It's pretty cool...