Is American Airlines really planning to give passengers more legroom?
The carrier is supposedly considering the idea of increasing legroom for coach seats. However, this almost sounds like a case of something being far too good to be true if you know anything about how airlines operate.
Carriers in the United States have been decreasing legroom and shrinking pitch sizes in recent years. There is a chance that harsh criticism from the public and passenger-advocacy groups could be causing American to rethink its strategies. American offers many seats with pitch sizes of just 29 or 30 inches. The seats in the very tight and dense economy sections used for American’s domestic fleet have virtually no padding, very limited reclining abilities and a lack of any form of entertainment.
Rumors have been swirling all over the Internet this week that American has plans to make some sort of change regarding how its economy cabins look or feel. However, many travelers would be happy even if the announcement is simply that American Airlines is bringing entertainment to its domestic coach cabins. Many passengers are convinced that American will be adding an extra inch of legroom. However, there are some things to remember before getting overly excited about this idea. The reality is that adding an inch of legroom per seat means that American will more than likely need to reduce capacity on its flights. That means a direct hit to the airline’s bottom line unless ticket prices for coach seats are also raised.
Would American Airlines really take a hit to its bottom line just to make passengers a little more comfortable? It’s possible.
Airline executives at American may have finally realized that passengers have hit a breaking point when it comes to squeezing into shape-defying seats that range from uncomfortable to painful.
American Airlines isn’t confirming anything at the moment. In fact, nobody is actually sure where the rumors that extra legroom is being added to cabins started. It is entirely possible that American Airlines actually planted the information as a way to drum up excitement regarding a new configuration for its cabins. There’s also a chance that somebody who works for or with the airline leaked the rumor. The bottom line is that all we can do is anticipate more of the same until some sort of official announcement has been made. We also have to ask ourselves if an extra inch would really make that much of a difference.
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