Articles tagged “airline seats”

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American Airlines Upgrades its Economy Experience with Main Cabin Extra Seating

American Airlines Upgrades its Economy Experience with Main Cabin Extra Seating

American Airlines + Skift

American Airlines’ new Main Cabin Extra product elevates the in-flight experience for economy passengers without drastically elevating out-of-pocket costs.

12 months ago

FAA Says Tight Confines on an Airplane Are Not a Safety Hazard

FAA Says Tight Confines on an Airplane Are Not a Safety Hazard

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

This was a non-starter from the beginning. There was no way a flyers-rights group was going to force the FAA to impose new seating standards for airlines. However, it's true that emergency evacuations are taking longer than before, so safety regulators will need to come up other strategies to speed evacuation times.

1 year ago

The Business of Passenger-Proofing Seats and Every Other Square Inch Inside a Plane

The Business of Passenger-Proofing Seats and Every Other Square Inch Inside a Plane

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airline passengers abuse nearly everything on an airplane. Sometimes, they do it because they're jet-lagged or drunk. Sometimes, they're just absent-minded. And on occasion, manufacturers say, customers probably abuse interiors for sport. But the good news: Everything is tested to withstand harsh treatment from passengers.

1 year ago

UK Probes Airlines Over Advance-Seat Selection Fees

UK Probes Airlines Over Advance-Seat Selection Fees

Anooja Debnath, Bloomberg

Airlines charging fees for advance-seat selection has become a basic part of most of their business models. Rolling that back would be a win for passengers, but a blow to airlines.

1 year ago

Airlines Pack More Seats Onto Each Plane and Manufacturers Try to Make Them Comfortable

Airlines Pack More Seats Onto Each Plane and Manufacturers Try to Make Them Comfortable

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Airlines and seat manufacturers do try to make seats comfortable enough. But let's be clear: Travelers want tight seating. By their actions, most passengers have shown they want cheap prices over anything else. Airlines can only offer bargain fares if they pack planes with seats.

2 years ago

Pivotal Ruling on Airline Seat Size Finds FAA Should Consider New Regulations

Pivotal Ruling on Airline Seat Size Finds FAA Should Consider New Regulations

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Flyers Rights, which played a prominent role in current tarmac rules, successfully convinced the court that shrinking airline seats, coupled with people being bigger, is a safety hazard because it would slow exiting the aircraft in an emergency and because of the dangers of deep vein thrombosis.

2 years ago

Designing an Airline Seat From Scratch Is Not as Easy as it Looks

Designing an Airline Seat From Scratch Is Not as Easy as it Looks

Brian Sumers, Skift

Building a coach airline seat is not like creating home furniture. Building stuff for aircraft is remarkably complicated. We got an inside look recently at the production center for an aircraft seat maker. Here's some of what we learned.

2 years ago

Southwest Will Add Technology for Dual-Class Service and Assigned Seats

Southwest Will Add Technology for Dual-Class Service and Assigned Seats

Dennis Schaal, Skift

This yet-to-be-implemented tech reminds us of Chekhov's quote that if you see a gun in the first act it will go off by the third.

4 years ago

JetBlue Drops Cargo Business to Add More Human Cargo on Each Plane

JetBlue Drops Cargo Business to Add More Human Cargo on Each Plane

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Passengers will certainly JetBlue know how they feel -- one way or the other -- about the reduced pitch and extra seats added in JetBlue's A320s starting midway through 2016. Barring a passenger rebellion, the extra seats will be a financial bonanza for JetBlue.

4 years ago

American Airlines Faces Boeing Fines Over Delayed Dreamliner Seats

American Airlines Faces Boeing Fines Over Delayed Dreamliner Seats

Marisa Garcia, Skift

Boeing has its own production schedule to meet and American’s issues with seat-manufacturer Zodiac are not really Boeing’s problem.

4 years ago

Aircraft Seat-Maker Zodiac in Talks With American Airlines About Order Cancellations

Aircraft Seat-Maker Zodiac in Talks With American Airlines About Order Cancellations

Marisa Garcia, Skift

While program delays are problematic, and this situation has been ongoing, the contract dispute between American Airlines and Zodiac Aerospace now moves to the courts. A settlement is always a possibility.

4 years ago

American Air Says It Is Cancelling Orders From Lie-Flat Seat Maker

American Air Says It Is Cancelling Orders From Lie-Flat Seat Maker

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Airlines have enough problems improving the passenger experience without having to put up with delays for a manufacturer of lie-flat seats. That's why American Airlines canceled future orders from seat-maker Zodiac Aerospace in France.

4 years ago