As a shareholder and AAdvantage Platinum customer, I can see both sides of the issue. However, AA
needs to be careful here that they do not be come as homogeneous as other carriers. If price is equal, schedules are equal, FF
programs relatively equal, and seat pitch (cabin comfort) equal, then what advantage does AA
( or any other carrier) have over the others in a market? Prettier planes? Cleaner cabins? ( tho that might help a bit) what is it that would cause a customer to choose AA
or anyone else?
Yes, as a shareholder I want the stock to get back up and the company to be financially secure. Business must be careful about always imitating the other guys. There are a lot of tall folks in the US that love the extra inches of MRTC. Taking it out pisses them off and could drive them to the cheapest carrier on any route. Then what have you gained??
During the changeover to MRTC a few years ago, the crew always made a big deal that "today's aircraft has just had 3 rows (or whatever it was) of seats taken out for your added comfort. What would they say during a 2 year changeover..Well folks enjoy the extra inches today, because this MD
-80 is headed to Tulsa to have more rows of seats stuck back in so we can cram a few more sweaty bodies on!? Or..How about this...Welcome aboard our 737-800 today folks. This aircraft is just back from Tulsa with more rows added, that why the line to board was longer today for our 5 hr flight to LAX
I'd support the idea of selling limited selections of sandwiches, entertainment, heck even magazines & morning newspapers.
needs to find more revenue for sure, but maybe finding more innovative ways to fill empty seats on flights would be better than throwing away the good will brought on with MRTC.(One idea might be in the biggest cities..Ads on TV
at night.....American has 40 unsold seats tomorrow to LAX
..Go online now to book yours at only $129.99, or whatever)
that's my 2 cents!