A few months ago, we reported on United’s plans to refit its international 777-200 fleet by adding about two dozen seats per aircraft, as it installs its new Polaris front cabin and reconfigures economy seating from nine-across to 10-across. And now it is cramming more seats to another aircraft model.
According to a report this week in FlightGlobal.com, United will turn to new “slim-line” economy seats to boost the overall seat count in its workhorse 757-300s from 213 to 234.
Because the slim-line seats are less bulky than traditional economy seats, airlines can fit more of them into the main cabin, generating more revenue and reducing unit costs. United has been replacing the economy seats on its smaller single-aisle planes with the slim-line version for several years.
The economy cabins on United’s 757-300s will have 210 seats after the refit, FlightGlobal said, while first class will remain unchanged at 24 seats. There was no immediate word on how much, or whether the 757 refit would affect seat pitch.
United has 21 757-300s, which it uses mostly on high-volume routes out of its hubs at Chicago O’Hare, San Francisco and Denver.
Thoughts, please on those slimline seats!