So since I'm based in Prague and enjoy testing aircraft no one wants, I am flying a small fleet of locally made LET L-410As. Anyway, I have one of them flying beyond its range of 240NM so that it is limited to 13 instead of 15 seats. With that in mind, I recently replaced the 15 high-density seats with 12 standard economy seats (for like $9,000, laughably cheap) since the plane was limited to 13 and had never sold more than 12 tickets per flight in over a year of operation. A few weeks after the configuration change, I find the results rather curious.
In 15-seat High-Density Configuration:
Prague to Trieste- 8/9 sold
Prague to Bremen1- 12/11 sold
Prague to Bremen2- 11/12 sold
12-Seat Standard Configuration:
So in effect, the Trieste route has gained a passenger while the two Bremen routes have actually lost 3 passengers who had been consistently flying the route. I guess they actually prefer seats that don't recline? Maybe the train has even better seats?
Revenue is up noticeably on the Trieste route but actually down on both Bremen flights.