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October 17, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 2 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Flyers are familiar with premium economy, the seat class between economy and business class, usually located in that position on the plane.

Now comes news of a disturbing new development. A major airline is reportedly considering unleashing an “economy minus” seat option on the travelling public.

The aviation blog Runway Girl Network, run by a collective of aviation journalists, says the change would create a three-tiered economy class that starts with a maximum pitch range of 38 inches (96.5cm). It would see the smallest spaces, the new Economy Minus, drop to a minuscule 30 inches (76cm).

Seat pitch is the distance from any point on one seat to the exact same point on the seat in front or behind it, notes. While it is not the exact equivalent of “legroom”, it does give a very good approximation of how much seat room you should expect. Bottom line: the more seat pitch the better.

Just for comparison, Qantas domestic economy class seat pitch is 31 inches (78.74cm).

Runway Girl Network says the “US legacy airline” considering the move is looking at creating its new “economy minus” cabin to move to a new model of domestic four-class service.

Reporters from the site say they spoke extensively and off the record with the airline at the recent APEX Expo in Anaheim, California.

The blog speculated that the move could be a “fishing expedition” by the airline to provoke comment in the industry or to see “whether its two primary competitors are interested in showing their hands”.

It notes that some US carriers are already quietly offering an “economy minus”-type product similar to what the airline is mooting.

Such a class might include the following:

  • Non-refundable/changeable fares
  • No advance seat selection prior to check-in
  • No same day confirm or same day standby
  • No complimentary upgrades
  • No preferred seating or economy comfort
  • No paid upgrades allowed

All of that and very little legroom as well. Whoopee!

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. stingforever says:

    ….why can’t they just remove the seats…

  2. Economy minus: What’s the difference? US domestic carriers are doing this already… I just flew United, and never again…

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