United Airlines plans to retrofit 19 of its 74 Boeing 777 widebodies into a high-density domestic configuration that will include 10-abreast seating in economy, the carrier confirmed to Today in the Sky.
United will apply the change to nine of its Boeing 777s that are already used for domestic flights, mostly on flights to and from Hawaii. The other 10 Boeing 777s to be retrofitted will be shifted from United’s long-haul international routes, a move that comes as the carrier’s new Boeing 787 “Dreamliners” pick up more of that flying.
Now to be fair, American already flies some of its Boeing 777s with a 10 across configuration in coach. Emirates, All Nippon Airways, Air New Zealand, KLM and Air France are among global carriers flying at least some of their 777s with 10 across in coach, a configuration that allows them to add more revenue-producing seats to the plane.
— Baronian Consulting (@BaronianConsult) March 9, 2016
But still…10 across? Ugh!!!
And United…you have some brand repair to do, right? Maybe you ought to hold off on the cattle car??
Well, it seems some aren’t exactly thrilled with the decision…
— Kamleshkumar Desai (@KamleshkumarD) March 9, 2016
Good news, America: United is making sure the long national nightmare of too much room in coach comes to an end: https://t.co/OQGyDXfd6b
— Yochi Dreazen (@yochidreazen) March 9, 2016
— Allan Kawakami (@allankawakami) March 9, 2016
Not a good decision at this juncture I would reckon either…