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February 03, 2010



I agree that "business class" flights are pretty sensitive indicators of corporate confidence. When you are cutting budgets, it's not too difficult to see that a $14 conference call can replace 10 pers. x (plane tickets + accommodation + travel allowance + 24 hours' worth of big-wig's time) = $16,000

But to be fair, I think you will find that changing a seating configuration is not a long term decision. There are actually some seating modules that can be "quick changed" in under an hour. More conventional modules take a few days, down to 48 hours for the 747-400, but it's not some irrevocable strategic decision, it's something you can do every time the plane is in maintenance.

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