How many were on your flight today?

Old May 16, 20, 9:28 am
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Old May 16, 20, 4:09 pm
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LAX > LAS 1312 at the moment. Said 25 would be on board at the gate. I'd say it ended up right around there, with maybe a few no shows.

Flight incoming from BWI around the same time looked closer to 60 people.
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Old May 17, 20, 11:12 pm
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Tonight LAS - DAL ~ 60

FA who was working tonight's flight had two previous flights same day.

Spokane to LAS - 70

And she also said her flight before that (don't remember the stations) was right around 70 as well.

So the numbers are coming up, it seems. Asked her about previous flights. She stated they were negligible in April but began the upswing last week of that month and have been increasing steadily since.
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Old May 18, 20, 12:57 am
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Originally Posted by jco613 View Post
I remember a day when it wasn’t surprising to get 70 on a flight...but that was because they were flying WELL over capacity.
I am afraid they are still burning cash at a flight load of 70...

Lots of $49 short haul fares right now and in June. Great deals. Southwest is trying to get people back to travel and get the economy going, help the rental cars and hotels too.
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Old May 18, 20, 7:35 am
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Originally Posted by storewanderer View Post
I am afraid they are still burning cash at a flight load of 70...

Lots of $49 short haul fares right now and in June. Great deals. Southwest is trying to get people back to travel and get the economy going, help the rental cars and hotels too.
I'm sure they are burning cash at 70 pax. But what's going on is a move to more flyers. Without an immediate vaccine, it was going to be steps. But these steps are happening and happening faster than most thought they would. I know I'm flying again and I have 4 leisure trips planned before the end of June. Also, I know GK said for their business to really get going again, attractions have to open back up. Larger venues with close contact (i.e. Disney) are going to have a harder time opening up, but many attractions such as National Parks are opening. Saw a very good crowd yesterday at Bryce Canyon. I'm encouraged.
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Old May 19, 20, 12:44 pm
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1444, LAX > LAS has about 50 onboard.

LAX Terminal 1, in general, seemed busier than it's been. It looked like everything leaving around the same time as my flight had at least 30 pax waiting, and that was at the low end.
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Old May 19, 20, 1:05 pm
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FA says 103 aboard WN1168 DAL-DEN today- my first 3-digit pax load since this all started. Looking up!
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Old May 19, 20, 5:01 pm
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67 reported WN1464 DEN-SJC
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Old May 19, 20, 8:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Presguy View Post
1444, LAX > LAS has about 50 onboard..
Wait until the casinos open up.
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Old May 20, 20, 3:57 am
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Figuring out Max Load

Flying on a 737-700. Seat capacity is 143. Taking into consideration of no middle seats and the first and last couple of rows blocked off, then the max load should be 79. Is this what everyone is experiencing?
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Old May 20, 20, 10:34 am
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I havent taken the time to do the math on my own, but I've also seen others arrive at 79 for a -700.

Don't forget, though, that the new seating guidelines do allow families or groups travelling together to use the middle seat. So, in theory it's possible to exceed that 79 count, but still be within the new regs. This has happened on one flight I've been on so far.
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Old May 20, 20, 10:42 am
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Also, if for whatever reason (groups/couples, etc.) that can't/don't maintain the original seating arrangement I've seen they'll "unlock" rows in the rear to accommodate those pax.
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Old May 21, 20, 12:50 pm
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Originally Posted by Presguy View Post
I havent taken the time to do the math on my own, but I've also seen others arrive at 79 for a -700.

Don't forget, though, that the new seating guidelines do allow families or groups travelling together to use the middle seat. So, in theory it's possible to exceed that 79 count, but still be within the new regs. This has happened on one flight I've been on so far.
I'm completely not trying to dispute that you've seen more than 79 on a flight. I wasn't there, and don't know what may have happened, and don't want to speculate.

However, this is being managed by the inventory (available seats for sale) being capped at the number of seats that would allow for all of the middles to be open (I actually don't know the cap number, and also haven't done the math myself, but it would be different based on total seats on that configuration, -700 vs -800 etc.). At the time the inventory is set, we have no idea how many will be families or groups traveling together, even if booked together they may not want to sit together - so that shouldn't affect the total number of seats that are sold on the flight.

There could have been an aircraft swap that resulted in less seats available than what was sold (from an -800 down to a -700).
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Old May 21, 20, 1:35 pm
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-700 PVD to MCO. 55 passengers. Two FAs sat in first row not in jump seat. Not sure where the FAs in the back sat.
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Old May 21, 20, 4:02 pm
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Booked on a flight next Friday. Just received a call from Southwest saying they are overbooked on that flight according to their Covid policy, looking for volunteers to take another flight. No voucher offered. Demand is picking up very quickly.
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