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  1. Phudnik
    Phudnik at |

    The interesting thing about these US conversions is that when Parker et al took over the airline several years ago, one of their first acts was to remove first class seating from the US East Airbus fleet in order to add additional rows of coach. They also added additional seats to the larger Embraer jets, shrinking pitch.

    My suspicion is that the changes have less to do with capacity discipline and more with the fact that every other legacy now has F seats in the smaller jets.

  2. Steve
    Steve at |

    Agreed, Phudnik.

    I find it laughable that a CRJ-700 has more F seats than a 757.

  3. Matt
    Matt at |

    Controlling capacity in a manner that maintains or slightly increases operating costs (increasing cost per average seat mile) isn’t really capacity discipline in the way that reducing frequencies or changing to less capacious and cheaper to operate (per flight if not per asm) equipment is.

    This is about retaining competitiveness and appeal to profitable customers.

  4. StevenR
    StevenR at |

    While I applaud US Airways for the upgraded seats and first class section, I just flew on both an RJ 701 and RJ 900 with the new First Class section. The first class seats have the tray table in the armrest, which is typical. What is NOT typical is that there is not enough “Play” in the ability to move the table away from your body. In other words, unless you are slim and time, you CANNOT use the tray!!! Since most folks in FC are business folks like me who want to work, this is a HUGE DUMB MISTAKE. This also means there is just a very small place to put your drink and snacks between the two seats, making that awkward.

    This month’s US Airways magazine touts all the work and planning and design that went into these new seats.

    Obviously, they never tried them out on “real” passengers.

    Another STUPID move by US Airways. But guess I shouldn’t be suprised.