Just today I thought what a brilliant idea it was to lease those ex-Skymark A333 and configure it with Regional Seats. They are really handy for European and Mideastern Trunk routes.
I wonder if they are going to reconfigure some of their own A333 into Regional versions.
Seeing those B77W abused on short domestic hops would justify it.
Just another small correction: Those ex-Skymark 333s had an all Premium Economy cabin in 2-3-2 configuration; a rather unique choice by the operator for their Regional international routes (from Haneda Japan to Korea, Taiwan, etc.) and possibly for dense domestic ones. All seven frames were modified in Zurich (at SR Technics) for TK, incorporating the 40J business cabin. The expenses were made by the lessor, not by TK. I don't know the maker of these J seats, but it's also pretty clear that the Y seats didn't come from TSI. Also don't know what really happened to the old PE seats left from the Skymark era (7 x 171, IIRC...)
And yes, these 7 frames cannot really fly long, transoceanic routes as they are not equipped with cabin crew and/or cockpit crew rest areas. Maybe, individually, they may not even be ETOPS certified.
Totally agree with you that the 77Ws are being abused (especially during summer timetable) with those max. 1 hr. domestic flights. Probably the point is to maximise the utilisation rate on the B77W fleet!
But I don't think TK will ever modify their own financially leased 333s to this kind of cabin configuration. ASAP, I'll do a check on where these ex-Skymark 333s are mostly flying to...
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