I can't imagine why anyone would prefer a 737 if the seat pitch is the same.
I prefer the 737 because I don't like hitting my on the ceiling when I enter the a/c.
It´s what you will see with the new generation of Embraer´s, like the Embraer 170.
And like the 747's piano bar and other ammenities, you will quickly see this disappear in favor of more seats. Same goes for all the neat stuff on the A380.
Here's the thing:
For short, lean routes (like ATL
, or OMA
), an RJ
is perfect. You get frequency with lower overall costs.
But when you're operating routes like IND
, you don't need 8 flights a day. Four will suffice, thank you. And with that, you can use a mainline aircraft. And frankly, you'll be spending less, overall
, with four mainline flights than you would with eight RJ
flights. The flight itself might cost more, but that's a tactical issue, to put it in military terms. The strategic issue isn't controlling costs so much as it is making money. Controlling costs is important, but not when "efficiency" is chosen over "profitability."
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