dutchjet
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AA Single Class 757 Service: BOS-MAN

Wed May 12, 2004 4:40 am

There is a press release today about AA's new seasonal Boston-Manchester service to be operated with a single class 757-200 with 188 seats. Is this the only route that AA uses a single class configuration? I do not know of any others. Will an AA or ex-TW aircraft operate the route? Neither seems to have 188 seats (I could be wrong?). And, is a specific aircraft dedicated to this route? All AA 757s have a first class cabin (called business class on some routes) - will the seats upfront be assigned to luck economy class passengers (or FF members) or has an aircraft or two been reconfigured?

Do you think this is the beginning of new trend at AA - all economy class aircraft for leisure routes?
 
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RE: AA Single Class 757 Service: BOS-MAN

Wed May 12, 2004 4:44 am

I'm going to guess that it is going to be an AA a/c, as I think their 75s are already certified for ETOPS.

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RE: AA Single Class 757 Service: BOS-MAN

Wed May 12, 2004 4:44 am

Can't see AA desiginating a single aircraft in an all Y configuration. Will be sold as all 'Y', and full fare customers as well as top tier AAdvantage members will be seated in the big seats. Similar to what AC has done for years on the YYZ-GLA-MAN routes, as the demand for premium fare seats is flat. BD has recently begun YYZ-MAN service, and thus far, not being successful in selling Business Class or New Economy (FFE) on this route from what I've heard.
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RE: AA Single Class 757 Service: BOS-MAN

Wed May 12, 2004 4:49 am

It's a standard American Airlines ETOPS Boeing 757 with both First and Economy class cabins.

However the First Class cabin is not sold as such. It will be used to upgrade frequent fliers, and presumably sold at check-in as extra legroom seating. Air Canada also operate some Boeing 767s on Trans-Atlantic leisure routes and use the domestic First Class seats a upgraded ecconomy seating - service throughout the aircraft is the same.

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RE: AA Single Class 757 Service: BOS-MAN

Wed May 12, 2004 4:52 am

Could pax pay to upgrade if space were available?
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RE: AA Single Class 757 Service: BOS-MAN

Wed May 12, 2004 4:56 am

Suppose AA would have to decide if they will sell the "big seat" option for a surcharge at check-in. Several of the Canadian Charter companies offer forward cabin/big seat option for a surcharge.

Air Transat : Club Transat
Skyservice : Premier Service

Think in the case of AA for a single aircraft/single route operation, would just be a nice perk for the upper tier customers.
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RE: AA Single Class 757 Service: BOS-MAN

Wed May 12, 2004 8:14 am

AA's 757's used to seat 176 when in MRTC.

With the seats put back in, they now seat 188.

While sold as only one-class, elites (Gold, Platnum, EXP) will get the larger F seats.

Same cabin service will be offered to all passengers.

 
Northwest717
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RE: AA Single Class 757 Service: BOS-MAN

Wed May 12, 2004 11:21 am

Hmmmmm, is AA trying to tell us it is going LCC? As much as I like LCCs I'd hate to see a wonderful legacy carrier such as American follow the LCC trend.

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RE: AA Single Class 757 Service: BOS-MAN

Wed May 12, 2004 11:30 am

I just decided to put a BOS-MAN booking on hold to see where I, an AAdvantage Platinum, would end up. They automatically assigned me 5A in what is usually the First Class cabin. I think that answers the purpose of the F class cabin question.
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RE: AA Single Class 757 Service: BOS-MAN

Wed May 12, 2004 11:34 am

The airlines of Japan have domestically sold C/J seats for extra fare for many years. So this is nothing new in the industry. It just goes to show that airliners are becoming simply busses in the sky. No frills, no nothing, unless you pay a surcharge...