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South West Airlines expands seating capacities with no additional aircraft | Airlines
That' what Southwest Airlines says it can do with slimmer seating that it will be installing on all its Boeing 737-700s as well as the Boeing 737-700s and Boeing 717-200s, which it is merging with AirTran Airways to create its own family. Part of the new cabin, Southwest will include a series of additional seating and increase the Boeing 737-700's peak payload from 137 to 143-seaters.
Southwest'' Bob Jordan, managing director and CEO, said that Southwest was not trying to find seating when it started a programme three years ago to find a better one. "Only last Summer, when the final artwork was ready, we found out what with the cost reductions, we can actually install six extra chairs, which brings many sales possibilities and tens of thousands of dollars," Jordan said.
Between March, when the modifications begin, and the anticipated mid-2013 date of finalization, the modification will increase the 372 Boeing 737-700 southwest aircraft by 2,232 passengers. While the new seat has slimmer backrests and floor pillows, officers are promising that it will be at least as comfy as the actual one. Southwest' Sr. VP Dave Ridley, Southwest' s CEO said that the seating will be lower and further back, and the lower backrest will be higher and better placed.
Chairs lean only two inch instead of three inch provided by available chairs - good for those who do not like the face in front of them to lean, though they are not so good for those who like to lean full three inch. Yordan said that freedom of movement of the legs and knees should be as good as in the present setup.
The last big re-design of the southwest cabins took place in 2001, when it adopted brown LED seating and made "canyon blue" a dominating colour in the paintwork of itsplanes. South West began looking for a way to refresh the interior in a way that increased convenience, lowered service cost, made the planes lighter and used green and recycled wastes.
Jordania and Brian Hirshman, Southwest's Seniors VP of Technological operations, said the new facility will be about six lbs lighter than a recent southwest facility. The 143 will even carry the 200 lbs supplement for the six seater series, which will be about 635 lbs less than the 137 lbs they will be replacing, Hirshman said.
Seating, which uses a grain hide fibre that combines with other materials, is likely to have a lifespan of about six years, versus four years for today's hide finishes, Jordan said. At various points, such as the locks for the back table and on the guard rail of the seating along the corridors, aluminium will substitute plastics and should last longer, said Hirshman and Jordan.
"In between the lower level of service, not having to make all replacement purchases while they are wearing out, and the lower level of consumption and because the weight of the car is about six lbs less, we will be saving $10 million a year in terms of consumption and service charges on the seats," Jordan said. The southwest will pay approximately $60 million to upgrade its current Legacy 737-700s aircraft after $50 million in saving by using legacy seating systems.
Retrofitting AirTran planes to interior spaces in the southwest will be slightly more expensive per airplane as the southwest will no longer use the seating frame of these planes. AirTran's 88 Boeing 717-200s and 52 Boeing 737-700s will all be rebuilt. Yordan said that the older Boeing 737-500s from Southwest will not be rebuilt as they will soon retire from the airline arm.
The southwest has not yet determined whether he will upgrade the 165 Boeing 737-300s. But Southwest is not the first airline to discover that re-configured booths can reduce cost and improve throughput. Southwest' s North Texas neighbour American Airlines has also found an advantage in using slimmer seating with new styles. As it went to a newly designed seat on its Boeing 737-800 and reshaped its cabin, American was able to expand this plane by adding two additional lines, increasing the aircraft's seating capability from 148 to 160 people.