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Main Cabin Extra to be extended to US aircraft [in long run]

Main Cabin Extra to be extended to US aircraft [in long run]

Old Feb 7, 14, 4:21 pm
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Main Cabin Extra to be extended to US aircraft [in long run]

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AA plans to put extra-legroom seats on US Airways
American Airlines plans to expand economy seats with more legroom to US Airways planes
Associated Press By David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer 27 minutes ago

DALLAS (AP) -- (in part)

The airlines, which completed their merger in December, are finally hinting how they'll settle one difference. In a message to employees this week, American Airlines Group Inc. leaders said plan to go with American's practice of providing extra legroom with a few seats in the economy cabin, and charging passengers more to sit there.

Passengers willing to pay American $16 to $159 more per flight — up from $8 to $108 two years ago — can get a Main Cabin Extra seat with up to six inches more legroom on most planes. The perk is free for elite members of American's frequent-flier program.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/aa-pla...224848855.html

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Old Feb 8, 14, 8:58 am
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Old Feb 8, 14, 9:33 am
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Old Feb 8, 14, 9:46 am
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Main Cabin Extra to be extended to US aircraft

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Old Feb 8, 14, 9:57 am
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Exclamation Not on the current fleet though!!!

I have been on several of the Monday morning/Thursday afternoon US Airways Employee Shuttle flights in the past 6 weeks (US Airways flight 540/654). They refer to this as the Employee Shuttle flight since there are anywhere from 12-20 US Air employees on this flight heading to AA's HQ to work for a few days. On 4 of these flights I have either sat behind, in front of, or beside Scott Kirby. Main Cabin Extra was one of the the numerous topicss we discussed.

On newly acquired Airbus metal, Yes, MCE. On the existing fleet, NO!
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Old Feb 8, 14, 1:05 pm
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Originally Posted by I_Can_Fly_US_Airways View Post
On newly acquired Airbus metal, Yes, MCE. On the existing fleet, NO!
Hard to believe. Won't they want a consistent product?
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Old Feb 8, 14, 2:10 pm
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Originally Posted by I_Can_Fly_US_Airways View Post
On newly acquired Airbus metal, Yes, MCE. On the existing fleet, NO!
Perhaps you're confusing MCE with IFE? IFE will not be retro-fitted to existing planes, while MCE will extend to the entire fleet.

Originally Posted by SJC AA View Post
Hard to believe. Won't they want a consistent product?
I would make a substantial wager that the entire fleet will eventually feature MCE. Not a chance that the existing planes would not be reconfigured.
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Old Feb 8, 14, 3:06 pm
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Agree -- AA has always been extremely compulsive about standardization of their product across their fleet -- including hating having subfleets. I'd imagine they'll move pretty quickly to remove the row of seats on US aircraft needed to have MCE fleet-wide.

On the flip side, UA still has some 737s out there that 2 years after the merger still don't have an E+ cabin (they designate the exit rows as E+, but not the rows in front .. same pitch as rest of cabin). Amazing.
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Old Feb 8, 14, 5:32 pm
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Originally Posted by I_Can_Fly_US_Airways View Post
I have been on several of the Monday morning/Thursday afternoon US Airways Employee Shuttle flights in the past 6 weeks (US Airways flight 540/654). They refer to this as the Employee Shuttle flight since there are anywhere from 12-20 US Air employees on this flight heading to AA's HQ to work for a few days. On 4 of these flights I have either sat behind, in front of, or beside Scott Kirby. Main Cabin Extra was one of the the numerous topicss we discussed.

On newly acquired Airbus metal, Yes, MCE. On the existing fleet, NO!
Next time you see him, ask him again. Because it would not make sense to have an extremely small subset of aircraft with MCE. However, as has been mentioned, new deliveries of aircraft to US (starting in Septemebr IIRC) will have interiors identical to what AA has being delivered now. With no mention of what the existing aircrafts' interiors (seats/IFE/overhead bins) will eventually look like.
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Originally Posted by FWAAA View Post
Perhaps you're confusing MCE with IFE? IFE will not be retro-fitted to existing planes, while MCE will extend to the entire fleet.

MAIN CABIN EXTRA, Not IFE (pretty hard to confuse the two)!



I would make a substantial wager that the entire fleet will eventually feature MCE. Not a chance that the existing planes would not be reconfigured.
1. How much?
2. If you REALLY feel like wagering, please PM me so I can send you my PayPal account (-;
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Old Feb 8, 14, 7:59 pm
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Im shocked. I didn't think Doug cared about such trivial things like extra legroom. I guesss he cold not resist making a few extra $$ on the side.
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Great news, a 180 from jamming an extra row on the A321s. I hope MCE IS added to all aircraft. Knowing my upgrade percentages will be declining sharply (1 part merger, 1 part less travel / lower status) MCE will become a nice perk. It's one thing that I thought UA did well.
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Old Feb 9, 14, 7:55 am
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Originally Posted by PA Pilot View Post
Great news, a 180 from jamming an extra row on the A321s. I hope MCE IS added to all aircraft. Knowing my upgrade percentages will be declining sharply (1 part merger, 1 part less travel / lower status) MCE will become a nice perk. It's one thing that I thought UA did well.
Call me a cynic but I'll point out that removing seats is just one one to create an MCE cabin - the other way is to cram the rear seats even closer together. The AA 319 with MCE has even more total seats than the US 319 without it.
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The other, other-way is to use a slimmer seat as well... What's the WN FT term for it? Devolve?
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Originally Posted by I_Can_Fly_US_Airways View Post
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Originally Posted by FWAAA


Perhaps you're confusing MCE with IFE? IFE will not be retro-fitted to existing planes, while MCE will extend to the entire fleet.

MAIN CABIN EXTRA, Not IFE (pretty hard to confuse the two)!



I would make a substantial wager that the entire fleet will eventually feature MCE. Not a chance that the existing planes would not be reconfigured.




1. How much?
2. If you REALLY feel like wagering, please PM me so I can send you my PayPal account (-;
I want in on this bet. I don't see them adding MCE to the Dash-8. Maybe CRJ or E145 ... maybe... But probably not.
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