Will folks pay more money to secure a bit of extra legroom on a JetBlue Airbus A320 or Embraer 190? I feel fairly certain that long-legged fans of the carrier’s service will be happy to do just that. JetBlue today confirmed it will allow A320 customers to pay extra for greater seat pitch; rows two to five will offer 38in pitch to be exact. A 38in pitch for a 36in inseam? Sold!
The announcement isn’t the biggest surprise. Reconfiguration of the A320s began in 2006. And in January of this year CEO Dave Barger discussed how the extra room up front would be used to drive ancillary revenue. I don’t recall him saying that JetBlue would up-sell the E-190 exit row seats. But I’d be happy to pay for that too.
Additionally, a JetBlue spokesman today told Flight premium news service Air Transport Intelligence that, with the latest changes, rows six to nine will now drop down to 34in pitch to “match the back half” of the aircraft. He says prices for additional legroom are $10 for short-haul flights, $15 for medium-haul and $20 for long-haul trips.
You don’t have to be a road warrior to know just how deep-vein-thrombosis tight the seats in steerage class can be (although JetBlue's 34in pitch is still pretty darn good). The airline seat guide to seat pitch gives a handy list of the worst offenders. Check it out at www.airlinequality.com/Product/seat_intro.htm