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Monarch Seating Capacities (A300/DC10)

Sun Aug 18, 2002 10:08 am

Why do the Monarch A300 and DC-10 both seat 361 pax.?

Granted, the DC-10 is only about 5' longer than the A300, but it's a wider aircraft, and if it's at 10-abreast, then it should seat more than the A300 which is 9-abreast, seeing how they're relatively the same length.

Anyone know the answer to this?

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RE: Monarch Seating Capacities (A300/DC10)

Sun Aug 18, 2002 7:22 pm

regardless... thats a lot of seats.
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RE: Monarch Seating Capacities (A300/DC10)

Mon Aug 19, 2002 3:52 am

I think the DC-10-30 that Monarch used to operate G-DMCA (last seen stored at Manchester) originally seated 352Y - someone at MON correct me if I'm wrong.

They were re-configured to Y361 in case an A300-600R had to be bailed out due to technical problems, so that they could carry all 361 pax that had been delayed.

Incidentally Monarch's DC-10-30 seated fewer than My Travel's current DC-10-10s/30s which have them stuffed full with the maximum allowable 3-4-3 configured Y380.
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RE: Monarch Seating Capacities (A300/DC10)

Mon Aug 19, 2002 4:37 am

The reason for Monarch's A300 and DC-10 both seating 361 was down to the age of the aircraft. The A300-600R is more modern and makes better use of galley, storage and toilet space. Monarch obtained all their A300s new from Airbus, outfitting them with only front and rear galleys and toilets, with nothing but seats in between.

The older DC-10 makes less efficient use of space, and requires mid-cabin galleys and toilets to provide full service for a high-density layout, consequently the number of seats is limited to below the maximum 380, plus the G-DMCA was configured for long-haul use while the A300 is configured for short-haul services with a tighter seat pitch.

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As an aside G-DMCA is still at Manchester awaiting it's fate.

Only MyTravel's DC-10-10s seat 380, the sole DC-10-30 (G-BYDA) seats 356 as far as I'm aware...

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RE: Monarch Seating Capacities (A300/DC10)

Mon Aug 19, 2002 8:06 am


Thanks for the information.

Our flight info. sheets always lists a pax. count, and I always see G-BYDA with 360-363 pax. when it comes in.
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RE: Monarch Seating Capacities (A300/DC10)

Mon Aug 19, 2002 11:28 am

The MyTravel DC10-30 is currently fitted with 363 Y Class seats (which means it can easily carry 2 x A320 full loads if needed), during 1997/98 (when Premiair/Airtours first received the 10-30) it had a 347 config 19 C Class/328 Y Class.

All the DC10-10 fleet have 379 seats squeezed into them which is often a headache when flights are sold to 379 pax, and then operated on the DC10-30! The difference in seat pitch/recline between the two types is very noticeable, the DC10-30 has the most comfortable Y class of any aircraft in the MyTravel fleet.
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RE: Monarch Seating Capacities (A300/DC10)

Mon Aug 19, 2002 6:26 pm

The DC10 was originally fitted with 358 seats, that, at the time was a standard charter configuration for a DC10, sometime later it was discovered that by removing one of the toilets you could put an extra 3 seats in to give commonality with the A300's when they went tech etc, with 358 seats the 10 still had better legroom than the A300.

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