If each row has three first class seats, there would be way more space than 3 to 4 inches between passengers and way fewer passengers. The flying experience would be much better, so much so I bet more people would be willing to fly and they would fly SW. Passengers would feel safer and they would like the experience. This can be done in a small trial program with little marketing (maybe one market/route) to see the response. The cost? Is it sustainable? Is it profitable? If we assume it costs an airline $4,000 / hr of flight and 45 first class seats in an airplane, then cost per occupied seat for a 1hr flight is $89. Add 15% profit and the cost per seat for a 1 hr flight becomes $103. Would you rather fly option a or b: a) OAK-BUR $50-$85 each way, economy seats, with up to 174 other passengers in flight. b) OAK-BUR $103 (or lets assume $150), first class seat, with 44 other passengers on board. I don't know about you but if I had to fly during the pandemic, I would rather pay a little more, be more comfortable, and have fewer people on my flight. I know this is over simplified but the industry needs to start thinking outside the box to survive this pandemic. Hope you all are staying safe.
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As we continue to shelter in place and practice social distancing, what if Southwest Airlines outfitted some planes with larger (first class) seats to attract more customers? An entire plane outfitted with larger seats would introduce distance between passengers (make it safer), improve the flying experience for customers, and likely attract more customers. Does anyone else think this is a good idea?
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