Time to get snug on your next flight! American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) will be reducing the amount of space that passengers will have while sitting in their seats. The measurement of the space between a one point of a seat to that same point of the seat in front of it called a pitch. The airline will now reduce its current pitch by 2 inches in the economy seating area to fit more people on their model Boeing 737 Max plane. To put this in perspective, let’s look at the size of their current pitch on a similar model, instead of 35-37 inches pitch American Airlines will make it 33-35 inches for main cabin seating in their 737-800 (738) v2 model planes and economy class seating will now be 29 inches instead of 31 inches pitch! Also keep in mind that the pitch also depends on how thick the cushion of the seat is. Compared to other airlines, Jet Blue’s (JBLU) economy seating pitch is a whopping 34” where as a low cost airline company such as Spirt Airlines (SAVE) economy seating is a mere 28”
(BA) touts that their 737 Max plane delivers an 8% lower operating costs than its main competitor. The new 737 MAX Advanced Technology winglet increases fuel efficiency by 1.8% and with American Airlines making it a tighter squeeze for passengers, the airline may be able to increase profits and revenue by increasing their bottom line.
American Airlines- American Airlines Group is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to 339 destinations in 54 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. American’s AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs allow members to earn and redeem miles for travel and everyday purchases as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. A founding member of the oneworld alliance, American Airlines and its members and members-elect, serve 981 destinations with 14,244 daily flights to 151 countries.