|Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 6):|
I can't quite work out some of these numbers. For one of them the figure for W is 50+, surely W only has a maximum of 32 ?
Another has 126 Y seats open in a 767, thats virtually the whole cabin.
There's a big difference between the physical capacity of a plane (i.e. the amount of seats in a fixed cabin) and the virtual/sales capacity.
It all depends on where your demand is being forecasted... if BA
anticipates a high demand for WT
+ fares (f.e. around 1,000-1,500 GBP return to the States), they'll increase the virtual capacity in WT
+ and take virtual capacity from Club World. At the end you have a positive revenue picture, as you can continue to sell fares where your demand is located. If they'd just stop selling WT
+ fares because the cabin is full, they would miss a lot of revenue because on this particular flight BA
does not anticipate a lot of demand in Club World (so people would stop booking). At the end, people are just being upgraded to CW
at check-in level once all seats in WT
+ have been taken.
Sometimes, airlines also link the availabity between different products if you can change the physical capacity on board. For example: a BA
flight operated by an A319 from LHR
has 8 seats left for sale. BA
can link the availability in the Economy cabin to the availability in Business, and offer 8 seats for sale in both cabins. Of course, once a seat is taken in a certain cabin, the availability will also go down by 1 seat in the other cabin. It is not because you see 8 seats available in Economy and 8 seats in Business that there are 16 seats left on the flight.
Everything depends on where your demand is forecasted. Based on your demand, you'll get an availability in the system that is expected to bring each airline the highest achievable revenue solution.
Moral of the story: GDS availability per booking class is only an indication on whether a flight is full or not. Some flights are wide open in all classes even though they're overbooked in reality, while other flights could be closed up to the most expensive classes (Y/C) and have a loadfactor of 20%.