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Delta Airlines Increasing Economy Seat Size

Travelers are very familiar with how airlines have scrimped on comforts in recent years, especially when it comes to flying in economy class (or "the main cabin").  A recent article in the Los Angeles Times just covered how pilots are complaining about new smaller bathrooms being installed on some planes.

Not all of us have the luxury of flying in business class or first class. Sometimes economy just has to do. So we are happy to share that Delta Airlines is increasing the width of its economy class seats on Boeing 777 aircraft on international routes.  The new main cabin seats on these planes will be 18.5 inches wide, while on United they are as narrow as 16 inches, and on American they range from 17.1 to 18.1 inches wide.  (You have to book American's Premium Economy to get an 18.5-inch wide seat.) Delta's main cabin on these planes will have 9-across seating as opposed to 10-across.

While the seats may not come with more legroom, they will also include personal power ports and 11-inch video screens. While Delta already has the new economy seats installed on one of its 777s, it won't be till March 2019 that it will be available on the LA to Sydney flight, and not till the end of 2019 that all the 18 Boeing 777 planes will be configured accordingly.

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