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Travel American Airlines is cutting more legroom in economy class

15:35  03 may  2017
15:35  03 may  2017 Source:   wisn.com

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Just when you thought your legroom in economy class couldn't get tighter. American Airlines (AAL) is planning to decrease the front-to-back The airline says it plans to add more seats on its coming Boeing (BA) 737 Max jetliners. To do that , it will shrink the distance between seats, also known as

SEATTLE — Just when you thought your legroom in economy class couldn’t get tighter. American Airlines is planning to decrease the front-to-back The airline says it plans to add more seats on its coming Boeing 737 Max jetliners. To do that , it will shrink the distance between seats, also known as

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Just when you thought your legroom in economy class couldn't get tighter.

American Airlines is planning to decrease the front-to-back space between some of its economy class seats by another two inches.

The airline says it plans to add more seats on its coming Boeing 737 Max jetliners. To do that, it will shrink the distance between seats, also known as pitch, from 31 inches to 29 inches on the last three rows of the airplane, and down to 30-inches in the rest of its main economy cabin.

American isn't the only big airline heading in this direction. United Airlines is considering a similar move, according to a person briefed on its evaluations. United declined to comment.

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The move signals a new step in the shrinking of U.S. airline cabins, and comes even as carriers are promising to improve overall customer service.

With the change, American will become the first large U.S. carrier to offer legroom with a pitch that's nearly on par with ultra-low cost carriers Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines. Those seats are an industry minimum 28-inches apart.

By comparison, economy class pitch on Delta and United ranges between 30 and 31 inches, while JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines have between 31 and 33 inches.

The one advantage the big U.S. carriers still have over their lowest-fare rivals was a few more inches in economy.

The bathrooms on American's 737 Max jets will also be smaller, one person familiar with the planning said.

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American Airlines plans to cut legroom on some seats of new jets it plans to roll out later this year. The gap between United Airlines is 30 inches. Passengers still have to pay regular economy class fares — even if they're flying in seats that are two inches tighter.

American Airlines ' newest Boeing 737s will have less legroom in most of the economy cabin than current versions of the narrow-body plane, with at The effort, called densification, enables carriers to put more travellers on each plane and boost revenue. "These are well-designed seats built for this

The new Max jets will have more than 170 seats, two sources said, compared to 160 on its existing 737-800s. The airline said it is keeping its extra-legroom 'Main Cabin Extra' economy seats, as well as its 16 first class seats.

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<p>As airlines around the world search for higher revenues and increased profitability, the effect on the passenger experience has not been overly positive, to say the least. Even though airliners have not been getting any larger, their passenger carrying capacity has been growing steadily. Airlines have achieved this by cutting down the size of lavatories and the amount room between seats. (This is also known as seat pitch.)</p><p> Using data from <span href=TripAdvisor's SeatGuru as well as from airlines themselves, we've compiled a rundown of the amount of seat pitch offered in the economy-class cabins of America's major airlines. This includes the nation's three major legacy carriers along with boutique airlines such as JetBlue and Virgin America, as well as ultra-low-cost operators such as Spirit and Frontier.

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These new single-aisle aircraft will go into use later this year and will primarily be flown on routes in North America.

Fliers will still pay regular economy fares for the 18 seats with two inches less leg room. These seats won't be part of its new basic economy fares, which sell for less because fliers don't get access to overhead bins, a seat assignment or frequent flier miles.

An American spokesman said the airline will add 40 Max jets to its fleet by the end of 2019. It has 100 on order. The airline also said it might make similar changes to its existing fleet of 737-800s after the Max arrives, but no decisions have been made.

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To make room for more seats on its new Boeing 737 Max jetliners, American Airlines will reduce the space between some seats in economy class by 2 inches, CNN reports. Flyers with less legroom will pay the same price for seats as fellow economy passengers on the aircraft, which will take to the

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The tighter legroom may mean that some corporate travel agents who avoid ultra-low cost airlines will balk at American, said Henry Harteveldt, founder of the Atmosphere Research Group.

As the big airlines match each other move for move, the risk is that 29 inches becomes the standard for flying economy in the United States. American has been a bellwether before for the airlines. For instance, it was the first big U.S. airline to introduce bag fees in 2008.

Airlines have enjoyed strong profits and low fuel fuel prices after a decade of consolidation. They're adding seats now to help offset rising employee wages.

"This is one of the best economic environments the U.S. airline industry has seen in decades," said Harteveldt. "There is no need to race to the bottom."

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If you fly economy and want the most legroom possible on the plane, skip the so-called legacy airlines like Delta and American. JetBlue and Southwest-airlines once known as low-fare upstarts-actually provide more space for travelers on most flights, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. If you fly economy and want the most legroom possible on the plane, skip the so-called legacy airlines like Delta and American.

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