Alaska Airlines announced their version of ‘economy-plus’ seating which is an extra 3-4 inches of legroom in part of coach.
They’re locked in a battle with Delta over their Seattle hub (and doing shockingly well) and this product brings them closer in line with Delta, United, and American… and possibly brings their first class farther ahead.
“Premium Class” will have at least 35 inches of pitch (distance from seat back to seat back) compared to 31″ – 32″ currently.
Like Delta’s ‘Comfort+’ they plan to bundle these seats with ‘other perks’ though other than priority boarding those haven’t been fully detailed yet. Alaska elites will get these seats complimentary — “at booking or day of travel dependent on status and fare purchased.”
First class will go from a tight 36 inch pitch (standard domestic first is 38″) to a generous 41 inches. Alaska’s 61 Boeing 737-800 aircraft will go from 16 first class seats down to 12, however. (Boeing 737-900s will retain 16 first class seats.)
60 planes will be retrofitted in 2016, with the full mainline fleet done by the end of 2017. SkyWest Embraer 175s will get these seats as well.
Here’s a comparison of seating before and after these changes: