The difference in bizfirst seats from the 752 to the 762 is only 4 seats.
The diff is 9, not 4. 25 in the 762, to 16 in the 752, and, in marginal markets, that can be a world of difference, since the BF
product is what drives profits on the Transatlantic flights.
could easily fill coach on a 762 CLE
, for example. It has 7 less coach seats than the 752. That's not where the profit is made, though. CO
does not feel it can consistently fill 25 BF
seats with PAYING customers on a 762 CLE
, therefore the 752 gets the nod.
Now, when the long runway extension is done this summer in CLE
, a 762 can more easily make it CLE
, and the much larger cargo compartment could make up some of the difference in not filling BF
. But I still thin, for the forseeable future, the 752 stays on that route.