The 757 and A300's are first, the other fleet equipment will be next. It is a phased approach. You get what you pay for. No one is willing to spend the extra $50 ea. way for the extra inch.
Adding 12 seats to 757, and 16 to A300's. (Exit rows will still have MRTC, though limited/no recline at first exit row.)
This will make the premium product even more premium, and hopefully push more revenue to the front cabin, as people begin to pay for it or not? Next, possible removal of additional "F" or "J" seating for more "less room" seating. Premium seating "P" class will only be available on LHR
), Japan">NRT routes, as the two class service takes over on trans atlantic route 763's.
With out product differentiation, why not fly Southwest or AirTran? They pack'em in even closer then the new "less room" seating.
Price, price, price, is the market driver today.
No one is complaining though, fewer flight attendants too. But no more food in "Y." (Unless over 4 hours.)
This is good news to stock holders AMR shares were up today, when most others were down. The market likes the idea, the people will buy it, happy days are on there way. Plus advance bookings are up, AA
will make the turn around, and be profitable soon!
Good on Arpey, he knows what will sell in the realistic market place where real estate is money. You can increase ASM's with out purchasing new equipment or hiring additional staff. DL
still pack more pax into their planes.
Next, M80's, 767's, 738's. The 777 may still continue to offer the premium MRTC product in the forward "Y" cabin?
Great new, great day, about time!! It is about time. The market is gone for the former MRTC product, too bad. But, action to reality of the market place is great news.
(Provides more opportunity to hop on as a non rev too!) 2cents Bf