While the rise of ultra low-cost carriers proves most people care only about what’s cheapest, fliers love to complain about what they don’t get for their ticket price—chief among those complaints, legroom. And now, American Airlines- that prides themselves as the best airline and that the “CUSTOMERS” are the most important thing—- is about to give economy passengers something to really moan about, cutting 2 inches of legroom from its economy class seats. But what can we the customers can expect ? —on American Airlines goal we are completely absent . As per their own Doug Parker…….
American Airlines’ goal: To be biggest, best and most profitable carrier in the world
American said last Wednesday it’s planning to decrease the amount of space from a spot in a seat to the same spot in the seat in front by 2 inches, from 31 inches down to 29 inches, for three rows in economy, and down to 30 inches for the rest of its economy seats, according to a report by CNN. With the new extra space, American plans to install more seats on its 737 Max jetliners (potentially increasing revenue). Two of the rows with 29 inches of legroom will be in the back of the plane, while the third will be further up in the cabin—they will not, however, be part of the new “basic economy” fares that do not include a carry-on bag or the ability to choose your seat.
The legroom changes will affect American’s 737 Max jetliner fleet, the next-generation, single-aisle planes from Boeing; American ordered 100 of the aircraft in January 2017 and will be adding them to its domestic fleet. As for planes already in use, an American spokesman told Skift the airline is considering “something similar” for its older 737s.
“The seats we’ll use on the MAX are designed to maximize personal living space, while allowing more comfort, even in arrangement like this where the pitch is a little tighter,” the spokesman told Skift. YES SURE !!!!
That’s all to say: If you consider decreasing the size of your home by 6 percent “maximizing personal living space,” then you’ll love how close you and your neighbors will be in American’s new economy cabin.
In addition to shrinking personal space, the bathrooms on the 747 Max jetliners will reportedly be smaller, too, a source told CNN, increasing the likelihood of having your very own Tommy Boy airplane moment.
To put it into perspective, American’s current 31-inch pitch ranks in the middle class for domestic airlines alongside Delta and United, which also offer 31 inches of legroom. JetBlue currently offers 33 or 32 inches of legroom, depending on the seat, while Southwest offers 32 inches of legroom. Frontier and Spirit bring up the rear, offering an industry-low 28 inches.
But the recent trend for airlines has been to shrink seat pitches and squeeze more seats aboard aircraft, thus increasing potential revenue on each flight. Even in a time of record-breaking profits, the additional seats serve as a reminder: Airlines are always looking for ways to make an extra bucks…….
American Airlines & Mr. W. Douglas Parker, as an Industrial Engineer I have a better and more profitable seat arrangement for YOU – Have one passenger seat and the following one can seat on the lap of the previous one – GEE ! You will double the space utilization and of course – which is your only driver – MAKE more MONEY !
Dr. Thomas H. Agrait