JetBlue’s plans for restyled A320 cabins will have plenty of perks for passengers as well as creating some good news for the bottom line by increasing capacity by a dozen seats.
JetBlue wants air travelers to be excited about plans for refurbished cabins on the the New York-based airline’s fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. In truth, there are plenty of reasons for the flying public to look forward to the restyled planes, but investors might end up being the ones with something to really celebrate.
Designs call for increasing the number of seats on some aircraft from 150 seats to more than 160 seats. To make more room for those additional passengers, there will undoubtably be some sacrifices when it comes to legroom, but JetBlue hopes flyers will notice the additional amenities rather than the shrinking seat pitch.
The airline says that the redesigned ergonomic seats with adjustable headrests will still be the widest seats available. Even after squeezing in a dozen extra seats, JetBlue maintains that it will still be able to lay claim to bragging rights of having “the most legroom in coach” of any US carrier. The new seats will also have gate-to-gate “Fly-fi,” with built-in power with USB ports.
The airline might also be counting on new in-flight entertainment options to take the sting out of the slightly reduced legroom. Each seat in the redesigned cabins will have 10-inch touchscreen monitors with more than 100 Direct TV channels, on demand movies and the option of syncing personal electronic devices to the seat-back monitors.
According to the airline, the new cabins will also feature the latest “easy on the eyes” mood lighting. The LED lighting design will allow the choice of a shifting pallet of colors and light settings that might just help to make passengers much too relaxed to argue with seat mates about reclining a bit too quickly or hogging the overhead bins.