As reported by JT Genter over at The Points Guy, American Airlines has reversed its decision to install economy class seats with 29 inches of pitch on their new Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Earlier this year, American said they would be taking delivery of the new aircraft with economy class seats with a seat pitch of at least 29 inches. The majority of the seats will have 30 inches of pitch but 3 rows of economy class seating (18 passengers) will have seats with 29 inches of pitch.
As a point of comparison, American Airlines currently operates Boeing 737s with 31 inches of pitch. United operates Boeing 737s with at least 30 inches of pitch and Spirit Airlines has economy class seats with 28 inches of pitch.
However, American Airlines announced today a reversal of that decision to install 29-inch pitch seats. Citing customer concerns and team member feedback, the new Boeing 737 Max aircraft will be delivered with economy class seats with at least 30 inches of pitch. That’s still an inch less than American Airlines’ current configuration but better than what they were proposing.
So what does this mean for passengers? Well, it’s a win for the majority of us as we can be guaranteed seats with at least 30 inches of pitch. However, American Airlines mid-level and lower level elites will be less happy with this news as 1 row of Main Cabin Extra seats (6 seats) will be eliminated to make room for the “extra” legroom in economy class. The new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will have 16 seats in first class, 30 seats in Main Cabin Extra and 126 seats in economy class.
What do you guys think? Is this an overall win? Or another cut to American Air elite status? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!