Airline ending the space squeeze

At least one airline has listened to pleas from passengers about the seemingly endless space squeeze on planes.

In what is great news for economy passengers, Etihad has announced that, by next month, it will increase the number of extra legroom seats by 560 per cent on its wide-body fleet.

Ten of Etihad’s Airbus A380s will add 60 extra legroom Economy Space seats, as well as bumping up seat pitch to up to 91cm.

“We recognise that no two travellers are alike, and today’s customers demand more choice and personalisation during their travels,” said Jamal Ahmed Al Awadhi, Etihad Airways Head of Guest Experience.

“In response to the popularity and demand for extra legroom seats, we have reconfigured our Economy cabin to allow travellers to enhance their overall travel experience.”

By the end of 2019, Etihad will have added extra Economy Space seats to 12 Boeing 777s and 21 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, increasing the total number of extra legroom seats by 560 per cent.

“While many airlines have been squeezing more seats into economy class, we continue to focus on providing our guests with exceptional products and services that meet and exceed the demands and budgets of different types of travellers,” said Mr Al Awadhi.

Hopefully more airlines follow suit.

Are you tired of squeezing onto a plane? Would you like to see more extra legroom seats on all airlines?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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