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Airlines Focus on Better, Not Bigger, Seats


In the challenge to get more flyers on airplanes, cabin manufacturers are focused on building thinner, more comfortable seats instead of bigger seats with increased pitch. The Los Angeles Times found the latest in air travel cabins on display at the 2017 Aircraft Interiors Expo in Long Beach, California.

As airlines leave between 28 and 30 inches of pitch between economy seats, carriers are looking at ways to increase the number of flyers aboard an aircraft while creating a comfortable ride. American recently announced they would install thinner seats during a rebuild of their narrowbody aircraft beginning in 2019, while Boeing projects the need for over 37,000 new aircraft – meaning plenty of seats will be needed.

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