Midwest Express, known for it’s quality food and all-business class configuration, has been cutting back on it’s service and is now set to launch a low fare carrier devoid of it’s traditional 2 by 2 seating. While they’ll be trying to pack in more passengers, they are at least going to offer 33″ seat pitch (two inches more legroom than the industry standard).
Delta’s low cost carrier, Song, also advertises a similar seat pitch — which is more than Delta’s mainline coach product offers.
These new offerings, whie in many ways inferior to their predecessor products, are at least offering passengers some benefit. Contrast that to American’s decision to add some seats back into coach sections on A300 and 757 aircraft, and the troubled world’s largest carrier doesn’t appear too competitive.