More airlines going the route of increasing "premium" seating and squishing everyone else tighter, but in this article, the revenue math is screwy:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/22/travel...e-legroom/index.html?iref=obinsite

Per the article:

"[Jetblue is] cutting leg distance from 33 inches to 32 inches in 11 rows aboard its fleet of 52 Embraer E190 planes.

The extra space will be taken up by two more rows of seats near the front of the cabin with 38 inches of legroom. The change puts JetBlue on track to rake in $150 million in additional revenue this year, says a spokeswoman."

Obviously, cutting 1 inch from each of 11 rows does not allow you to add additional rows so the revenue prediction is just the additional amount they get by adding 8 more seats of premium seating where once was just normal seating.

Assuming that these seats get $30 additional on average per flight and every flight sells all 8 seats ... the planes would need to fly 33 flight segments per day, 365 days/year to make $150m dollars. Clearly, the number is at least an order of magnitude off -- or am I missing something?

The math:

$150m = 33 segments/day * 365 days * 52 planes * 8 seats/plane * $30 /seat

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