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American Airlines to charge for front-row seats – Yahoo! News

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Somehow they screw themselves. Lets take the first 2 rows of a 757. That is 12 seats. Now let’s assume nobody buys these seats. within the specified time period. I assume that after between 49 minutes before departure and departure these seats are available free of charge. At $30 a seat they would not make the additional $360. The 757 can carry 228 passengers. Taking the lost $360 and distribute them on 228 seats, this would be $1.58 per seat/passenger. Assuming again that the flight is never booked to the last seat > Would it not make more sense to raise the prize of all seats by $2 and have a guaranteed income, no matter whether somebody sits in this seat or not? I think a $2 or even $2.50 higher fare would hurt nobody and it improves customer satisfaction, because nobody feels like being taken.
Am I alone with this or this make sense to anybody else?

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About Oliver Schmid

Experienced IT executive with over 20 years of global experience and demonstrated success in driving IT value, business and IT, reducing overall costs, and quickly executing and delivering business solutions. Member of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP)

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