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Copa 738 Reconfig

Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:58 pm

In Copa's form 20-F filed with the SEC, they state that in 2008 they'll reconfigure their 737-800s by adding two additional business class seats and 3 additional economy class seats, increasing the total number of seats from 155 to 160.

How are they adding these seats? Removing a lav, closet or galley area?
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RE: Copa 738 Reconfig

Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:28 pm

They could reduce seat pitch in the economy section.
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RE: Copa 738 Reconfig

Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:29 pm

Quoting LatinAviation (Thread starter):
How are they adding these seats? Removing a lav, closet or galley area?

My guess will be getting rid of a closet or galley.
CM people are fools if they remove a lavatory, specially since they use those B737-800 for flights longer than 7 hours.

CM should seriously consider to change 1-2 Economy rows to Business in several of its B737-700 and -800.
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RE: Copa 738 Reconfig

Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:51 am

I was wrong thinking the current CM's 738s struggle technically in some long operations, such as PTY-LAX 1x daily and PTY-EZE 2x daily. These segments are not far from the maximum comfortable bound established for the 738 fully loaded. Such range is roughly 3000 nm.
I would assume great loads for these tracks, because the 738 is the biggest plane involved on their entire fleet.
It is not necessary to deploy a better airplane in range as the 73G in such routes, taking into account its overall capacity in both passengers and cargo is less than the amount for the 738.
More seats mean payload restrictions are not an issue yet for CM's "long-hauls" with 738, making these routes even more profitable for them.
However, the comfortableness for passengers should be reduced due to the areas that are being seemingly sacrificed when such reconfiguration come into force.

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