I’ve found your specific airline, city pair, and competitor. I’ll keep them anonymous, as you have as well.
He can begin with up to 34 IL-18s for the 10 million IDP, so the fact he only has 6 to start off makes little sense business wise. The only route he runs is the specific route you run, to two airports. He is not filling a single plane, and you seem to be. So you’re winning here.
Seats: he runs either Recliner LH with Slimline, or Comfort Plus with Standard or (the more likely) Leisure. The latter’s latter is more likely given the ORS disparities.
The ORS explanation is probably due to service… (and price). The image of the plane goes into the image of the overall airline (I believe) so that effect will be miniscule.
Pitch does very little. So if you can squeeze in an extra row (and fill it) I would recommend it.
In the new ORS (and to some degree the old ORS), the explicit rating does not necessarily matter as long as you’re filling the plane. The rating can help you fill it, but they’re not necessarily causal statements; you can, like in this case, have the worse ORS and fill your plane and not his - due to connections, per se. You’re the one making the money, and he isn’t. In old ORS, the rating has a bit more weight - not so much with new ORS.
His service is C is pitiful. The difference in the bottom rating I believe will almost exclusively be attributed to prices. (I hope you know that the top rating is for the actual flight and the bottom one is the price performance for the whole itinerary; for nonstop demand it will be the below but it will change if you’re inputting a different route.)
See the below comparative SS’s for the breakdowns.
I don’t give this guy a lot of time left, but oh well.
I hope that answers the question.