They’ve mapped out a strategy for 10-across seating in economy, like American has in their new and reconfigured 777s and has become common worldwide such as with Air France and Emirates.
Ten seats across in the regular economy section has quickly become the standard for new deliveries, with roughly 70% of new 777s now being delivered by Boeing with that configuration.
Economy Plus would retain 9-across seating, like American has done on with its ‘Main Cabin Extra’ product.
Overall the plan involves adding about a hundred seats into a 777, as follows: 28 business class, 98 economy plus and 238 regular economy.
This would be for 777s from the legacy United fleet for this retrofit. One hopes that in removing business class seats they’ll also put in the Continental business class, rather than the 8-abreast United dorm-style lie flat business seats that are currently on these aircraft.
This continues the trend of:
- Fewer premium seats
- A better premium experience
- Tighter economy
And it makes the importance of elite status — to at least secure economy plus — all the more important.
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