Alaska Airlines is adding Recaro "space-enhancing" seats on more aircraft starting this fall and is nearing a decision about installing enhanced inflight entertainment system on its aircraft, the airline announced 23 April.
Alaska says the upgrades are part of a $100 million project that will improve cabins in its Boeing 737-800, -900 and -900ER aircraft. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014, the airline says.
Alaska said it will also equip all seats in the aircraft with power outlets.
The new inflight entertainment system will allow customers to watch movies, television shows and other programming on devices that have wireless Internet capability.
The Recaro seats, which the carrier installed in 2012 on its first 737-900ER, have a "slimmer design" and the magazine pocket is on the top of the seat back.
The design will allow Alaska to add six seats to its 737-800s and nine seats to its 737-900s without sacrificing passenger comfort, the airline says.
The newly configured 737-800s will have 163 seats and the 737-900s will have 181 seats. Both aircraft will have 16 first-class seats.
Alaska's fleet includes 61 737-800s and 19 737-900s, according to Flightglobal's database.