United to install thinner seats to get more passengers on planes
BY FRANCINE KNOWLES Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org August 23, 2012 3:50PM
Updated: September 25, 2012 10:49AM
United Airlines plans to add more seats to its existing fleet of 152 Airbus airplanes, making it possible to add more passengers on the aircraft, but the carrier said passenger legroom won’t be affected.
United said it will outfit its A320 and A319 planes with Germany-based Recaro Aircraft Seating’s “slim-line” seats beginning next year.
“The seats are thinner, yet they provide the same level of comfort and cushioning as the heavier, traditional seats that they replace,” United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said. “We are able to add a row of seats to the aircraft without reducing legroom.”
He said elbow room also won’t be affected.
The airline plans to add an extra row in economy seating, which will add six more seats on the planes, he said.
United is currently retrofitting overhead bins on the planes to increase storage space by about two-thirds. That project began this past spring. The airline also is adding inflight Internet service on the planes. The first Airbus plane to get WiFi will be outfitted and back in service in the fourth quarter, Johnson said.