Kochi: Air India Express is expecting to earn Rs 50 crores each year by increasing just three seats in each carrier. Currently, the firm offers 186 seats each in 17 Boeing 737-800 planes. It is planning to increase this to 189 each.
The carrier is to do away with the coat closet in the front of the plane and accommodate three more passengers there. The closet is rarely used in the economy-class carrier.
The carrier is also planning to replace uniforms of workers to simpler ones so that they would not need more space to stow away their coats and jackets. The new seats would be fitted by Boeing in a few months.
The carrier, connecting 12 domestic and 12 international destinations, operates about 550 services each week. Considering that it operates 28,600 services each year, total number of extra seats on offer, when the new ones are fitted, would be 85,800 a year. This would translate to a profit of Rs 51.48 crores annually. The firm had broken even last year.
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