I had read plenty of reports from folks about the new United slimline seats. None of them were really all that positive. But, for those that haven’t met me, I’m not overweight or over 6′ tall, so I rarely find seats that aren’t comfortable for me. Thankfully, United has changed that for me with the new slimline seats I got to experience on a United Express seat recently as well as a slightly different version on an A320 recently as well.
The seat on the regional jet was absolutely miserable. I flew it from Chicago to Washington-Dulles and it was just about the most uncomfortable seat I’ve ever flown in. I really can’t recall the seats from the old Beechcraft prop planes United and US Airways flew, but that’s likely the only thing that could have been worse. Even the seats on the older ERJ and CRJ 145 planes aren’t this bad.
I really thought people were exaggerating but it’s the first time in a long time that my back hurt getting off an airplane. The version on the Airbus really wasn’t much better, though it did have an adjustable head rest.
The cushion on both was very, very firm. I also noted on the regional jet seat that the height was quite short, even for someone of average height like me.
And, this isn’t just that all slimline seats are uncomfortable. I’ll have a trip report on my trip to Dublin soon where I sat in the British Airways version of the slimline seat.
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