United Airlines Reduces Number of Economy Plus Seats on CRJ-700 Aircraft

This Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700 aircraft adorned in the former livery of United Airlines awaits its passengers at the gate one morning at Sacramento International Airport for its flight to Los Angeles. Photograph by FlyerTalk member hndflyer. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by hndflyer, who sat in a seat in the Economy Plus section on two flights from Sacramento to Newark.

FlyerTalk member UA Insider — also known as Aaron Goldberg, who is the senior manager of Customer Experience Planning at United Airlines — announced this morning the the number of seats in the Economy Plus section of its entire fleet of Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700 aircraft will be reduced from 32 seats to 16 seats; while the number of economy class seats will increase from 28 seats to 48 seats.

In other words, 16 seats will be removed and 20 seats will be added, for a total increase of four seats in each CRJ-700 aircraft — or an addition of one extra row of seats, as there are a total of four seats in each row: two on the left side of the aircraft, and two on the right side of the aircraft — for a total capacity increase to 70 seats overall from 66 seats.

According to UA Insider, the following information is what you will need to know if you are booked in a seat aboard a Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700 aircraft on a flight operated by United Airlines on or after September 25, 2013:

  • Starting this weekend, the official Internet web site of United Airlines will display a new seat map for all flights using CRJ-700 aircraft operated by SkyWest and GoJet. To minimize the impact of last-minute aircraft changes, rows 4 through 7 of the Economy Plus section of Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700 aircraft will be displayed as “blocked.” In other words, the same number of Economy Plus seats will be shown as available, whether or not the flight is eventually operated by a new configuration aircraft. Changes to seat maps for flights on Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700 aircraft operated by Mesa will happen at a later date.
  • If you are already booked in rows 4 through 7 on a flight affected by these changes, you will be automatically re-accommodated into a similar seat in the Economy Plus section of the Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700 aircraft.
  • The seat map will be updated closer to the day of departure, when a specific Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700 aircraft is assigned to the flight. If the aircraft has not yet been reconfigured, the seats in Economy Plus rows 4 through 7 will open up for selection.

 

The new configuration of the Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700 aircraft will be the same as the fleet of Embraer 170s and the forthcoming Embraer 175s aircraft.

These changes will not affect the configuration of seats currently available in the first class cabin in the fleet of Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700 aircraft…

…and in case you are superstitious, there will be no row number 13 in the future aboard the fleet of Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700 aircraft.

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