Listen Now: Extra Seats
Chicago based United Airlines is now the latest carrier to reconfigure its cabins to add 21 additional seats. The new arrangement can be found this winter on the company’s Boeing 777’s. It will feature 50 lie flat business class seats and 242 economy seats. The good news is that the legroom for the economy seats will remain the same as before, 31 inches for economy seats and 34 inches for economy plus seats. And while your legs might be somewhat comfortable depending on your height, it might be a little cramped up top.
In order to accommodate the extra seats, there will now be rows of ten across instead of nine. United isn’t the first airline to cram some extra people in the cabin. American just added enough seats to fit an additional forty two passengers. Now it wants to move things around again to add more premium economy seats. Looks like your next flight will be seat backs up and elbows in.
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