Hello all, just out of curiosity, I was doing some seating capacity comparisons for current operators of the Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A340-600, since I believe they are supposed to be natural competitors.
Boeing advertises that their product accommodates 365 passengers in a three-class layout:
- 22F @ 61-inch pitch
- 70B @ 39-inch pitch
- 273Y @ 31/32-inch pitch
Airbus advertises that their product accommodates 380 passengers in a three-class layout:
- 12F @ 62-inch pitch
- 54B @ 40-inch pitch
- 314Y @ 32-inch pitch
Based on this data, it appears that the two should have very similar overall seating capacities if using the same number of seats in First and Business classes.
Of the current airline operators of each type I was able to find, based on three-class seating, the data shows that the 777-300ER accommodates on average 304 passengers and the A340-600 301 passengers.
Another tidbit to note is that when disregarding three-class or two-class seating, there is a larger discrepancy in seating capacities - the 777-300ER average is now at 335, and the A340-600 at 312. But that is probably due to the higher number of operators of the 777, which raises the average.
In any case, I was just wondering why do the manufacturers make such claims for seating capacities (it seems to be the case across all of their respective product lines) when they should know that no operator will ever arrange their aircraft that way? I mean, 61/62-inch pitch first class, and a 39/40-inch business? This pitch assumption is very outdated, but it does help their respective airplanes look better to customers.
If you have any thoughts on this, that would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance!