Adding seats to airplanes is what all the cool
kids airlines are doing right now. Who am I kidding? Even not-so-cool airlines are trying to add seats. A leaked memo from United Airlines details how they’re adding a lot more seats to certain planes.
According to Edward Russell, writing for Flight Global, adding seats to airplanes is apparently a very popular topic:
But my story on United adding seats to its 757-300s surpassed the Delta A321neo story in just one day!
— Edward Russell (@e_russell) December 29, 2017
Quoting from the article:
United Airlines will retrofit its Boeing 757-300 fleet with slimline seats by the middle of 2018, increasing the number of economy seats on the aircraft to more than 200.
The Chicago-based carrier will add 20 seats to the economy cabin on the aircraft for a total of 210 seats, a notice to pilots on 17 December viewed by FlightGlobal shows. First class will continue to have 24 seats.
I think the math is off here somewhere. The article says that United is taking a 20-seat boost, but also says the planes are going from 213 to 234. I think the 234 number is right, since airlines generally increase coach capacity in increments of 3.
At first blush, it’s a lot more seats. It doesn’t appear to break new ground since Delta already flies 234 on their version of the 753.
However, that’s a lot more people on those planes. The 753 is a single-aisle plane with a really long aisle. If you’re in the back it takes quite a bit of time to deplane. There will now be 21 more people fighting for overhead bin space (unless United sells more Basic Economy seats). And, less space for everyone.
United isn’t alone in arguing that the seats are smaller, so your personal space is the same. That ignores the fact that the seats just really aren’t that comfortable. And, the seat in front of you really is closer. It’s not just an illusion, especially at eye level.
Every time an airline adds seats, I say I can’t imagine how they could add more. I need to stop saying that.
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For the AVGeek folks, I’m pretty sure the featured image is a 752. Can’t quite tell if I don’t see that last rear exit door behind the wing, but I don’t think so. I couldn’t find an image of 753 for commercial purposes, so apologize for a bit of photographic license. 😉