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NY Times Article: Airlines Cutting Seats

Tue Mar 29, 2005 4:59 pm

Latest Target of Airline Cuts: Number of Seats


Published: March 29, 2005

Big airlines have complained over the last few years that the industry was awash in seats. But despite deep financial losses, none of them wanted to reduce capacity, given the heavy demand for travel.

Now, rising fuel prices - up 25 cents a gallon since just mid-February - are forcing airlines to act, even though planes are as full as ever. Along with raising fares, the big airlines are beginning to retire less efficient planes and reduce domestic service. Click To Read Rest of Article

[Note: This story was originally published online with a nice photo of a Northwest Airlink CRJ taking off, with a caption describing how Northwest was eliminating its DC-9s ]

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RE: NY Times Article: Airlines Cutting Seats

Tue Mar 29, 2005 5:13 pm

They point out that the airlines are transferring planes to overseas ops...
TRUE. But, don't forget that they're adding seats in the planes they have here Stateside... AA doing away with MRTC, Continental modifying 735s, et cetera.