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Marcin Moscicki
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When a user reserves a seat, does this mean any particular seat, or just any?
From what I remember, last time I booked a ticket I got only a 'receipt' which would guarantee me a place, but the actual seat was not stated until I got the actual ticket on the airport on the day of departure.

This is also followed by a question: does the customer have a possibility of hand-picking the seats to reserve?

This is of great consequence to the architecture: delaying the association between seats and users gives you a possibility of changing the aircraft or reseating people when packing travelers on different segments. However, this would make more difficult assuring that the first user's get the best places, or, in case of booking more then one on the same journey, that they will be adjacent in the final layout, if only it was possible at the moment of booking.

Again, I would like real-world opinions on the matter.
 
Parag Bharambe
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I think seat reservation should be hold till one get a ticket and boarding pass. This is because, most of the airlines, reserves 2-5 %more seats, in order to accommodate the cancellation or amendment to itineraries.

So when I say reservation, I will allow reservation till equipments seating capacity + (2-5)% of total seats are reserved. Beyond that point, I will stop reserving seat for the segment.

Keeping this mind, I will not allocate the seats to the passenger.
 
b deb
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If we don't assign seat while reservation, that would imply that we don't have to assign any seat for the itinerary. only we will have to decrease available seat for the flight by 1.
 
Marcin Moscicki
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Exactly. And after some research, it seems the industry practice, at least among cheaper lines in Europe. I think I'll go that way - for us and the company there are only advantages.
 
Parag Bharambe
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There is one more point to think which is related to requirement.

In the requirement it is mentioned that customer should be provided with seat before he confirm the flight.

So the earlier solution i suggested does not hold true OR we have to change the requirement to suit our solution? Can we change the requirement to provide more business benefit?

Which one is better.. any comments
 
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