Date: 15 Jan 97 04:23:54 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Terry Schell) Organization: University of Illinois at Urbana References: 1 2 3 4 Followups: 1
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email@example.com (Niels Sampath) writes: >>I do agree that nine abrest and ten abreast are less ideal than eight >>abreast when the flight is *full*. Airlines do hope every flight is >>full, but most airlines can realistically fill their planes 60-70% full, >>annually. Thus, for most flights, the dreadful middle seat of the 2-5-2 >> configuration is not an issue. >No. It is an issue to the poor sap who is in the centre >seat and won't be a repeat customer. I can't see Boeing saying to >airlines: `you'll only have 60-70% capacity, don't worry about that >centre seat being occupied(!)' Tho I suppose this may become true >after they lose all those initial centre seat customers. It would be nice if it were true that people would avoid uncomfortable airplanes, but it just isn't. I asked a travel agent how often someone specified the type of plane when making travel plans (or even asking before they purchased tickets)... she said "maybe one person per *year*".