|Quoting JustPlaneNutz (Reply 4):|
The reason I asked the question is because AS and CO now have small subfleets with 12 less pax. Standiization would be useful. The other reason I ask is because the 73G at 149 pax (single class) would be a darn efficient plane.
The existing 73G (w/ dome pressure bulkhead) can already be reconfigured to 149 pax with 2 galleys, 2 lavs and 30" pitch. It is already TC
'd at a max 149 pax and does not require a flat pressure bulkhead. The 149 pax max is determined by the fuselage size and number of exits and distance between them for evacuation.
If a 73G had a flat pressure bulkhead, this would not allow any more seats without additional exits so there would be no point. Also, such a mod would be far more expensive than economically justified involving de-mating of the tail section, redesign of the structural interface, and extensive re-certification either as an STC or amended TC
35 years of American Trans Air/ATA Airlines, 1973-2008. A great little airline that will not be soon forgotten.