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Delta To Increase Capacity Of MD-88s By 10?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:15 am

An editor on Wikipedia has posted that Delta will increase capacity of the MD-88s by 10 seats. I haven't heard anything about that. I don't know if the user had some insider information or whether it was just vandalism. If the MD-88's capacity is increased by 10, they would feature 152 seats total, which is two more seats than what the MD-90s feature. I agree that the seats on the MD-88s could use an update, however, the seats on the domestic 767-300s are in greater need of updating than the MD-88s.

Does anyone know if this is true?
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RE: Delta To Increase Capacity Of MD-88s By 10?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:17 am

152 sounds awfully suspect, considering it would mandate a 4th FA.
 
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RE: Delta To Increase Capacity Of MD-88s By 10?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:21 am



Quoting Tornado82 (Reply 1):
152 sounds awfully suspect, considering it would mandate a 4th FA.

Well, Delta did reduce capacity of the 737-800s to 148 after 9/11, and then added two seats in 2003 for a capacity of 150. Delta has recently backtracked on this decision, though, and is increasing the 737-800 capacity to 160. However, I think it might be quite difficult to add 10 more seats, as it would require two complete rows to be squeezed in. The MD-88s BTW have more domestic F seats than the MD-90s.
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RE: Delta To Increase Capacity Of MD-88s By 10?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:23 am



Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 2):
and is increasing the 737-800 capacity to 160.

160 gets alot more ROI for that 4th FA position than 152 does.
 
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RE: Delta To Increase Capacity Of MD-88s By 10?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:38 am

Were would the put these 2 rows of seats. I can see them down grading the First class section. The only way I can see them doing this is be taking out the rear galley and adding the 2 rows there. Does anyone else have any sugestions on how they could achieve this?

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RE: Delta To Increase Capacity Of MD-88s By 10?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:45 am



Quoting DTWAGENT (Reply 4):
way I can see them doing this is be taking out the rear galley and adding the 2 rows there.

Unlikely, since that rear galley is the only galley in Economy class. However, of interesting note is that the rows on the MD-88 are not perfectly aligned, and the seats on the two seat side have slightly more legroom than those on the three seat side. Maybe Delta will align them if they install slimline seats.
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RE: Delta To Increase Capacity Of MD-88s By 10?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:56 am

The best way to resolve it is to go to wiki and edit it out, or write "citation needed" afterward. all sorts of crap gets posted on wiki.
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RE: Delta To Increase Capacity Of MD-88s By 10?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:59 am

One 152 would be tight. Originally, AA's MD-80s had 142 seats (12+130). Then, they went to 139 (14+125). Then came MRTC and 129 seats (14+115). Then, it went to 136 seats (16+120). That required the removal of the coat closet between F and C.

Now, they are going to have 140 (16+124). That is requiring the removal of one of the two galleys in coach, and adding 2 rows of seat on the 2 side.
 
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RE: Delta To Increase Capacity Of MD-88s By 10?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:23 am



Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 6):
The best way to resolve it is to go to wiki and edit it out, or write "citation needed" afterward. all sorts of crap gets posted on wiki.

Yup, and it has already been done, so all taken care of. I've done a little investigation and the edit was made by an anonymous IP, but this same person has made a few other edits on the Delta Air Lines article and all edits he has made were correct up until this point. So although it is unsourced right now, I'm going to semi-believe it, but won't fully believe it until I see a source or hear it from a trust source that works in ATL. The anon person is most likely in Tech Ops or knows someone that is.

If true, it shall be interesting to see how they accomplish this. Some comments made so far make sense. I don't think the aft gallery would be removed, if anything made just one half of it. The 2-seat side can definately be squished a little more, like said. And first class seats can be removed, some or all, although I highly doubt all would be. I think removing 1 row of first class seats, then lining up the 2-seat side correctly would allow for 7 more seats (5 for the row up front, and 2 in the extra 2-seat row). This way, they wouldn't go over 150 either. Making it 152 would just be plain stupid as the 4th flight attendant isn't going to be made up by 2 people. There's my $0.02

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