caravelle
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SK To Decrease Seat Pitch

Tue Oct 01, 2002 4:45 pm

According to the chairman of a Danish Pilots´Union, SK is to increase seating capacity in their current fleet by 5 - 7 percent, writes nettavisen.no.
The idea is to cram more pax in planes to make room for price cuts.
Is this a good idea, and will any of the other majors follow?

- caravelle
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TR
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RE: SK To Decrease Seat Pitch

Tue Oct 01, 2002 4:54 pm

Many airlines already operate with an awfull pitch of 31" or less in economy. SAS currently operate with 32". Since SAS only operate with a load factor of 70-75% there should be no need to cram more seats into the aircraft thereby reducing the comfort dramatically. There is a great difference between 31 and 31 inches of pitch though it may not sound of much!
 
airblue
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RE: SK To Decrease Seat Pitch

Tue Oct 01, 2002 4:59 pm

In their economy class on narrow body planes like B736, B738, MD81, MD87 and MD90 I think they have a regular seat pitch that's difficult to think they could decrease, maybe they could reduce the number of rows designed for Business class they usually use for Economy due to the low demand.

 
Skystar
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RE: SK To Decrease Seat Pitch

Tue Oct 01, 2002 6:21 pm

TR,

"There is a great difference between 31 and 31 inches of pitch though it may not sound of much!"

Hey, I don't find too much difference between 31" & 31"!  Smile

Typically, 'healthy' airlines operate with 75% load factors - if it's too high, it means that you're leaving pax behind at peak periods, and obviously if it's too low, you're not filling your planes up.

So, when you consider that the increased seating capacity would allow for more pax during peak "full" flights, there is some business sense in it. It's a very easy to way to reduce seat mile costs too.

As a passenger, I'm not going to laud such plans though.
 
artsyman
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RE: SK To Decrease Seat Pitch

Tue Oct 01, 2002 6:24 pm

Since SAS only operate with a load factor of 70-75% there should be no need to cram more seats into the aircraft thereby reducing the comfort dramatically.

People often assume that when a carrier reports a load factor of 70-75% that it means all the planes go out like that. Continental often has a similar load factor, but huge amounts of planes on many routes go out at 100% every single day. There are routes that have low loads and routes that are always full, and then of course there are some at 70-75%. The reason for the capacity increase is so that the flights with the ability to take more pax ...can

Jeremy