A year ago I wrote about a plan for United to move from 9 seats across in coach to 10 seats across on their Boeing 777s.
Now we know what they’re doing. They’re going to move forward with 10-abreast economy on their 777s that fly domestically.
- These operate on routes like Hawaii which are primarily leisure-oriented
- They’re going to add to the domestic fleet of 777s. There are currently 10 and that fleet will grow to 19, all getting the new 10-abreast configuration.
- The layout will be 3-4-3: 3 seats at the window, 4 seats clumped together in the middle of the aircraft, and 3 again at the window.
At least you may get a stroopwafel.
American began its plan to move to 10-abreast seating on its 777s four years ago. That applies to their full fleet of Boeing 777s, though not all of the 777-200s have yet been reconfigured. (American has 777s that are 9-abreast in Main Cabin Extra though that more generous configuration will remain only for a subset of the airline’s 777s.)
American Airlines Economy Seats (787)
Other airlines like Air France and Emirates offer 10-across Boeing 777s, and indeed Boeing reports that about half of new 777s are getting this configuration.
That’s Flyer unFriendly. And if it were domestic flights within the Continental U.S. only then perhaps the flights would be short enough as to matter less. But Hawaii flights, especially from the East Coast and middle of the country, are long flights. They’re also low yielding, so United wants to pack as many people in as possible.
Notably though at this time United hasn’t announced plans to reconfigure their international 777s 10-across. That makes their 777s more desirable in economy than American’s.