I have done a little testing... 10 days ago I have replaced every cabin configuration of every plane (Blue Star Lebanon on the Tempelhof server). As a result, all aircraft now use 95% of their seating capacity.
The week before I changed the seats, all planes used 100% (or 99.7%) of their seating capacity. During that week, the airline image changed:
- from 76.97 to 77.27 in economy
- from 77.45 to 77.73 in business.
Last week, when only 95% of the seating capacity was used, the airline image changed:
- from 77.27 to 77.52 in economy
- from 77.73 to 77.96 in business.
So removing one row of seats in every plane resulted in a smaller increase (of the airline image) than using the full seating capacity :lol:
At first I thought that did not make sense. After all, removing seats should result in a higher image rating. But the airline in question is only two months old (founded on the 24th of september this year). The first weeks, the airline image jumps up with several percents per week. But gradually, as the airline has done more flights, the new flights that are added every day have less and less impact on the image of your airline.
Mind you, as my subsidiary airline is only two months old, last weeks flights are something like 10% of the total flights my airline has done. If I had done this test one year later, the impact of 1000 flights on an accumulated total of 50.000 flights would even be smaller.
Anyway, I can only assume that the image "boost" I received by removing 5% of the seat capacity in every single plane, is less than the slower growth of my overall airline image.
If someone can repeat the test (or do another test) and prove me wrong, I shall gladly change my mind. But until then my conclusion remains... seat spacing does not work. It is a waste of money for a result that is too small to be measurable.
will the new cabin editor be introduced on the existing servers ? Anytime soon ? If so, I shall re-install 100% seating configurations after the new system has arrived ;-)