Zkpilot wrote:Yes when 2 people book a skycouch it takes 3 seats out of inventory, but as I said most flights aren’t full on NZ (or pretty much any carrier for that matter).
Put it this way... if you have say 12 people booking skycouches in pairs it removes a total of 18 seats. That means there are 6 less seats that are available to be sold so if the flight is starting to get full they can bump up the booking classes to gain more revenue from the remaining tickets. Now as mentioned, in reality those 6 seats are unlikely to be actually needed but the airline is still getting almost pure ancillary revenue from them (as well as being able to charge more for other seats potentially). Remember that even though a passenger might pay say $800 per sector on a longhaul economy flight, the airline might only make around $50 profit from that. Compare that to around $700-1000 for a skycouch booking which is almost pure profit... you’d have to sell 14-20 normal seats to make the same profit.
You're not getting me. Please for a minute stop and try listen as I'm trying to tell you HOW it works not how I THINK it works. There's no assumptions here. It's tricky one to explain and get your head around.
In that scenario mentioned, 18 seats are removed from the authorized sale of that given flight. There's authorized capacity and physical capacity. One includes the over sale.
They are not just "penciled out" in some artificial way simply using seats that'll be available based on assumptions of an 80% industry average load factor. You are buying the seat and product.
It doesn't mean if the flight is starting to get full they can "bump up booking classes". Complex 3rd party software, not Carina calculates availability to optimize the flight factoring in that -18 immediately after sale.
Another way to explain it:
If the airline was in fact targeting 80% load and lets's assume it's a 772 with 246Y seats, 80% being 197.The airline will view in that scenario 18 of the 197 are sold, not 12. This can and does influence booking classes for the other 179 that are expected to book or 228 that they targeted to sell.
Or another way:
The 6 empty seats are paid for inside the "Skycouch" product and are counted as sold seats and that's factored into future booking class availability and maximizing the flight performance.