Jet Airways may stop first class in Boeing 777

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 13 Aug 2017, 22:27:51

Jet Airways may stop first class in Boeing 777

Jet Airways may stop first class in Boeing 777
It was the first airline in India to offer a first class suite in the sky. But a decade later, poor demand has prompted Jet Airways to plan a reconfiguration of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, reports the Business Standard.

Jet Airways may remove the eight first-class seats and instead add economy and business class seats in its wide-body Boeing planes. The objective seems to be to improve revenue and reduce unit costs. Unit costs refer to cost incurred in transporting a passenger per kilometre.

Jet Airways has 10 Boeing 777 planes, which it inducted during 2007-08, and it flies them to Amsterdam, Hong Kong and London. The aircraft has 346 seats in a three-class configuration (eight first class, 30 business class and 308 economy class).

Plans for reconfiguration are being evaluated as the airline is due to pay off aircraft loan next year. The move is expected to bring down the ownership costs.

This is not the first time a change is being proposed in the cabin lay out.

In 2012, Jet reconfigured the economy class of the Boeing 777s, increasing the number of seats to 346. The configuration was changed from 3-3-3 to 3-4-3 with a view to maximise revenue.

Globally, there are instances of airlines reducing number of first class seats or doing away with the product completely. Indeed, airlines are investing more in business class products which have better demand among customers.  

For instance, earlier this year, Qatar Airways unveiled its new business class product called Q Suite with fully flat beds, mood lighting and generous stowage space. Qatar, however, offers first class on its Airbus A380s.
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