American Airlines is considering increasing the leg room in their coach product.
The airline has been criticized before in the past for having very poor seats with only around 29-30 inches of pitch.
What are the details?
Currently, American Airlines offers a very dense economy on its fleet of domestic aircraft. The seats have little padding, less recline, and no inflight entertainment, as well as a reduced pitch between rows.
This new version of economy was first released on their newer 737 MAX domestic aircraft, before being phased into the older (and subjectively more comfortable) fleet. The new economy class will also be rolled into the A321neo fleet, and as before the 737s, retroactively installed in the older planes during refurbishment.
This process of ‘densification’ was achieved by reducing the size of bathrooms onboard, removing a row of Main Cabin Extra seats (essentially larger legroom) and of course, reducing the seat pitch by an inch. These new changes have not been met favorably and made many question why they should choose to keep flying with American. Some of these questions are coming from American cabin crew themselves…
When FAs use the word “hate” when describing the new configuration you know something is severely off
— Chris Nau (@chrisnau) March 1, 2019
But it seems that someone in the airline is listening.
What are the rumors?
Twitter is abuzz with speculation that higher ups at American Airlines are considering revamping domestic economy… with a focus on more passenger comfort.
.. to my way of thinking and from what I’ve heard, that rumored row-removal was the -only- change that was being considered– nothing broader than that (some of the current rumors have much more change, I don’t buy it)– and, again, that was quite a while ago on my end.
— JonNYC (@xJonNYC) March 1, 2019
Whilst some of the rumors have suggested that the airline might bring back inflight entertainment, or the scary thought of increased densification (reducing the seats to 28 or 29 inches of pitch), currently it is most likely a extra inch of room.
This does mean that the plane might undergo some more adjustments, such as reducing the amount of capacity on board.
while keeping it FIRMLY in mind that this is a rumor only, if by some chance it -were- to come to pass (again, far from certain in any way,) would represent a pretty notable moment in the heretofore unstoppable headlong rush towards greater and greater density.
— JonNYC (@xJonNYC) March 2, 2019
Overall, an increase in passenger comfort is a win and we hope that American contuines to try and improve the domestic flying experience.
What do you think? Do you want more room on economy? Let us know in the comments.