Is there anyway to know the percentage?
I don't know this, and what I've written below is just my best guess based on my limited testing in this area. I can't guarantee that this information is accurate, but this is what I would assume if I were designing a route of this type.
- F and C pax are very picky about CI and RI. If you have either low CI or low RI, most of the F and C pax would rather not fly than fly with your airline, even if you have a monopoly. Thus, you should not attempt a full C/F config unless I have CI >90, and you should also plan to lose money on the route until your RI reaches at least 70-90 or higher.
- In a basic sense, F and C pax seem to be divided among the flights the same way Y pax are (for example, 4 daily flights on a route means each flight will get 1/4 of the available F and C pax). But it's made more complicated by the passengers' sensitivity to CI and RI described above: the airline(s) with higher CI and RI will get more F and C than the airlines with lower CI and RI.
- Also remember that passengers finally care about price in MT7, so the above assumptions can also be affected if your competitors decide to mess with you by fighting a price war. Losing 1 C or F pax to your competitor hurts a lot more than losing 1 Y pax does, because of the high ticket price of F and C.
So, for example, if profitability will depend
on your attracting all or most of the displayed F and C demand on a route, and there are already 2-3 other flights on the route operated by airlines with reasonably high CI, then you will probably lose money on the route, because you won't be able to get all/most of the F and C pax. On the other hand, if the route has huge F and C demand, and you only need to get 10% of them to make a profit, and there are currently only 8-9 other flights on the route, you can probably make a profit (assuming that you have a high CI, and are willing to also eat the losses until you have a high RI).
If the Y demand is also huge, however (i.e. if F and C is not a very high % of the overall demand, and it's just a big route in all classes), you will be vulnerable to being frequency raped by other airlines who have Y cabins. Because they are flying Y also, they can turn a profit while attracting fewer F/C pax, than you would need to attract to turn a profit yourself. So, personally I would only attempt an all F/C config on routes that (a) have a high F/C demand proportion
, such as LHR-HKG, and not just high demand numbers, or (b) have a lack of slots, so it's hard for you to get frequency raped, or (c) are such long routes that none of the competitors on either side will want to fly against you, because it requires techstops or a magic carpet configuration to make the distance possible.