"Also there is NO way is the world you can say a 763 is more comfortable than a 744 (given the seats are the same pitch and width - and normally the 763 have tighter pitch and heaadroom)."
You mean there is NO WAY I can stick to my opinion that flying the 763 is more comfortable than the 744 ? My opinion is that my flights on QF
763s are MORE comfortable than SQ
744s... Add that with my SAS 762 and 763 long hauls (yes 762 back in the last millenium) still ranks as one of the most comfortable... When I say comfortable, I did not mean most entertaining... And oh, most of these experiences are on Economy class ciz I pay for my own tickets... Sometimes I go on Biz class, when someone pays for it that is, I look for value for money, something that "premium passengers" are looking more and more into nowadays.
"I know you should look at the demand on the particular route before making schduling decisions, but sometimes they should really look at the customer preference which in turn can affect the demand."
Passengers only care about aircraft preference when:
1. The type they're flying on is in the news (such as crashing a few days before or being grounded for safety reasons).
2. It looks older than their grandma's car.
3. One has PTVs and the other don't.
Other than aircraft preference, then they look at price, scheduling.
Anyways, Asiana and JAL fly their 763s along Asian routes with no probs on customer perceptions.
"The 763 does make people feel cramp and claustrophobic."
The 744 makes me feel more cramped and claustrophobic than the 767, 777, A300, A310, A330/340.
"I think the other dislike about 763 is that airlines generally DO
NOT put new products on them (eg. QF
Well, I had better experience flying on a QF
763 (both with no PTVs) than SQ
744 with IFE (PTVs and it's paraphrenalia) because during that time, the SQ
cabin crews were (or may still be) a grumpy bunch (which can take me a whole day to elaborate on here)... New IFE products, or better human service? Sorry, when in Economy class, I put humanity before TFT screens.
"Let's face it, more frequency or 744?"
I vote for more frequency! So this comes back to what I wrote above... I'm sure some would ask... "Why do you bother flying SQ SYD
on a cramped SQ
744 when you can go on a QF
763 which you seem to prefer?"
flies 3x daily to SIN
, which gives me ample combination of scheduling with the SIN
flight. I can fly from SYD
, go for a meeting (although I have to summon people to the airport) and then go to a late flight SIN
. The flexibility was more valuable for me during that time...
Now if there are others like me requiring similar things through Hong Kong, then the better flexibility is the choice.