Couldn't find this before so apologies if a repeat:
Would it be possible (and I appreciate probably not) to have the choice as to whether we min crew or not and at the same time have the min cabin crew not hard coded but dependant on seat numbers.
This would mean that if you wanted to fly above min crew you could get better pax service and rep, but also, if you wanted to fly min crew to save costs (a la easyJet, Ryanair etc) you could.
It should be a direct function of seats fitted not the current arbitrary number.
e.g. for the UK the regulations can be found in CAP 393 (the ANO)
section 5 and read (paragraph 48/49):
Required cabin crew of aircraft
48 (1) This article applies to each public transport flight by an aircraft registered in the United
Kingdom which has a maximum approved passenger seating configuration of more
than 19 and on which at least one passenger is carried.
(2) The crew of the aircraft on each such flight must include cabin crew.
(3) Subject to paragraph (4), on each such flight there must be carried not less than one
member of the cabin crew for every 50 or fraction of 50 passenger seats installed in
(4) The number of members of the cabin crew calculated in accordance with paragraph
(3) need not be carried if:
(a) the CAA has granted permission to the operator to carry a lesser number on that
(b) the operator carries the number specified in that permission; and
(c) the operator complies with any conditions subject to which the permission is
Power to direct additional crew to be carried
49 (1) Subject to paragraph (2), the CAA may, in the interests of safety, direct the operator
of any aircraft registered in the United Kingdom that all or any aircraft operated by him,
when flying in circumstances specified in the direction, must carry, in addition to the
crew required to be carried by this Part, such additional persons as members of the
flight crew or the cabin crew as it may specify in the direction.
(2) The CAA may not issue such a direction to an EU-OPS operator.
Therefore, if you upgrade the seats to be more comfortable (which reduces capacity) there should then be the option to reduce the number of cabin crew you carry.
Perhaps an option under aircraft to say whether (by fleet type) you want to carry min crew, min crew +1 etc.