|Quoting Tango-Bravo (Reply 3):|
Correct... assuming that the pax occupying the seats in the premium cabin(s) are actually paying premium fares. That is a huge (and frequently baseless) assumption to be making where a U.S. legacy airline is concerned.
Agreed. I worked for a major US carrier for over 20 years, until 1998. Even at that time, I remember on most of our flights, First Class would go out full, more often than not without a single person in that cabin paying the premium fare. Most of the time, not even a full Y fare. I am still amazed to this day, at the size of some of the premium cabins.
I recently took a trip to Montreal, AC YVR
. The equipment both ways was a 767-300, configured for International flights. The Business Class cabin on those planes takes up an incredible amount of space. I cannot imagine when a cabin like that -with 25 seats - occupies a full third of the aircraft, how it could generate sufficient revenue even on an international flight, let alone a 5 hour domestic flight. I realize, however, that these aircraft on the domestic runs are likely just used because they are positioning to and from international flights. The one-way Tango (lowest economy fare) can be as low as $249.00 OW YVR
, the full Y or non-penalty fare is over $700.00 and Executive over $1300.00. Are there really that many people paying those premium fares? That is a lot of space to be taking up with upgrades.