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Bigger Aircraft Carrying Less Passengers

Sat Mar 01, 2003 8:00 am

I was looking at American Airlnes fleet page today it was evident that their "largest aircraft" in terms of passenger capacity was the A-300 and not the 777. The A-300 is configured for 251 passengers and the 777 for 224/245. I'm curious as to why the much larger 777 aircraft carries fewer passengers than the A-300. Is this to take advantage of extra cargo capacity?.


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RE: Bigger Aircraft Carrying Less Passengers

Sat Mar 01, 2003 8:15 am

It's all to do with cabin layout. AA's A300's have 16 First class seats at 40" pitch and the rest is coach. In contrast, AA's 777's (Atlantic Fleet) have 16 first class Flagship suite/bed, then 35 business seats at 60" pitch, then coach.

In short, there is more room taken up in the a/c by the premium cabins (i.e. less seats) in the 777's, leaving less room for coach seating.

Hope this helps.
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RE: Bigger Aircraft Carrying Less Passengers

Sat Mar 01, 2003 8:23 am

In addition to what Phil posted: There's no need for crew rests (bunks) on an AA300 Big grin like it is on a 777. I don't know whether the AA 777 have bunks upstairs like DL's have, but I'm pretty sure more cabin space is needed for crew rests on the 777 than on the A300.
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RE: Bigger Aircraft Carrying Less Passengers

Sat Mar 01, 2003 9:24 am

Often the bigger aircraft fly longer distances; the airline must sacrifice the weight of a more seats to accommodate extra fuel for the long flight. I even heard of people being bumped from trans-Pacific 744 flights because the airline needed to carry extra fuel to compensate for head winds.
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