Entire economy cabin on domestic narrow-body was allocated with an empty seat between each pax?

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ausJCP

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The title really says it all. I’m currently sitting in steerage on QF637 (BNE-MEL), and witnessing a curious thing I’ve not seen before.


We are on a B737 (great wifi) with about a two-thirds full load. For almost the entirety of the plane, pax have been allocated with an empty middle seat!


With almost no exception, seats A, C, D and F are occupied, while all seats B and E are empty throughout the aircraft!


Obviously it’s no coincidence, but rather a subtle and deliberate move to make everybody’s flight more comfortable. I really love this thoughtful initiative.


The really curious part: I jumped on seat selection before the flight, and middle seats were blocked out.


Is this a new policy or seat allocation algorithm on capital city commuter flights? Any rhyme or reason as to when and how it’s applied?

ZQN Fan

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Whilst it may well be a great passenger experience, it will be more about aircraft weight distribution and balancing for optimal performance and fuel burn. It’s quite common on partially full flights, the reason you don’t see it often is because aircraft loads and generally quite high.

Red Cee

Member since 15 Feb 2018

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Like the idea. I have yet to experience it, but look forward to the day I do.

oliver_adl

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Sounds like "business" class within Europe...

efindlay

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I had a flight from Launceston to Melb and the 2-2 config had one person in every set of 2 alternating between window and aisle. Even to the extent of same row the window an aisle was staggered. Flight was less than half full but a nice touch on a small plane.

Andrew Barkery

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Most likely they have got something in the cargo hold and need to weigh out the plane, proper like.

Granted I only travel weekends, so only am speculating, which is bad of me.

kimshep

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Whilst it may well be a great passenger experience, it will be more about aircraft weight distribution and balancing for optimal performance and fuel burn. It’s quite common on partially full flights, the reason you don’t see it often is because aircraft loads and generally quite high.


Agree 110%.

Highly unusual flight for @ausJCP and most, but an absolute 'dream' scenario for the flight planners, crew - and also for passengers.

I sorta wouldn't expect it on too many flights for exactly the reason that @ZQN Fan correctly mentions. It's not a 'new policy' or 'seating algorithm' - it's the (ideal) parameter process that every flight planner is meant to start with.

Rufus1

Member since 04 Dec 2013

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LH fills flights like that. FTL and SEN (*S and *G) allocated the front rows, aisle/window and then non-status (also aisle/window) after that. The middle seat is only filled from the rear of the aircraft forwards - unless you have passengers travelling together.


Works well, especially if you have status to be in the first few rows (and SEN as a matter of policy will always be the last to have a middle passenger next to them).

jared7825

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Have never seen a QF flight which such a low pax load but would be nice!

Typically on my flights its the few few rows with a space between them on 3-3 or next to a stagger empty seat on 2-2 and then from then back its packed full

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