When US Airways took over American Airlines one of the first moves new management made was to squeeze more seats into planes. For instance they took 737s from 150 seats up to 160 and are now squeezing 172 into that plane.
US Airways-turned American President is now United’s President and the airline is on a quest to ‘densify’ aircraft making them less comfortable for passengers.
United Boeing 757-300s currently have 213 seats (189 coach and 24 first class). In December a leaked memo showed that they’re taking Boeing 757-300s up to 234 seats (210 coach and 24 first class). That’s 21 more coach seats. Delta has already densified their 757-300s with 234 seats.
United Boeing 757 Prepares to Depart for Hawaii
Routes Online has the routes where the new tighter coach seats will appear starting in June. Routes like Los Angeles – Hawaii and San Francisco – Washington DC really seem like a little much for this aircraft from a passenger experience standpoint.
Chicago O’Hare – Las Vegas eff 07JUN18 1 daily (until 20AUG18)
Chicago O’Hare – Orlando eff 07JUN18 1 daily
Chicago O’Hare – Seattle eff 29JUN18 1 daily
Denver – Chicago O’Hare eff 07JUN18 3 daily
Denver – Los Angeles eff 07JUN18 3 daily
Denver – San Francisco eff 07JUN18 4 daily
Denver – Washington Reagan eff 07JUN18 1 daily
Los Angeles – Chicago O’Hare eff 07JUN18 up to 7 daily
Los Angeles – Honolulu eff 07JUN18 1 daily
Los Angeles – Kona eff 21AUG18 1 daily
San Francisco – Chicago O’Hare eff 07JUN18 up to 7 daily
San Francisco – Honolulu eff 07JUN18 8 weekly (7 weekly from 24JUN18, until 20AUG18)
San Francisco – Kahului eff 07JUN18 2 daily (1 daily from 21AUG18)
San Francisco – Orlando eff 21AUG18 1 daily
San Francisco – Seattle eff 07JUN18 1 daily
San Francisco – Washington Reagan eff 07JUN18 1 daily
At least these planes are still six-across, which has always been tight with Boeing’s fuselage which is narrower than a comparable Airbus. United’s (and American’s) Boeing new 777 configuration has gone from 9-across to 10-across creating a new tighter shoulder width experience.