Allegiant starts selling 'giant seats' on 757s

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Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air has started selling new larger seats that it has added on all of its six Boeing 757 aircraft.

Allegiant added the six "giant seats" to the first row and emergency exit row on each 757, which the carrier operates on its Hawaii flights. "We think the giant seats will be a welcome option for travellers, especially on our long-haul flights to Hawaii," says Allegiant's senior vice president of planning Jude Bricker.

The low-cost carrier first revealed details about the new seats in January, and said it was installing them to comply with new US Federal Aviation Administration crew rest rules, which required the airline to install more comfortable seats for augmented flight crews to rest. Two of the six seats would be reserved for the extra flight crew when needed.

A search on Allegiant's website by Flightglobal shows that the airline is selling the giant seats at an additional fee of $90 each for a flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu in May.

The new seats, which are part of an overall reconfiguration of the Allegiant 757 cabin interiors, has shrunk the number of seats on board to 215 from 223. Besides the giant seats, the airline is also offering additional legroom seats called "Legroom +", with a 34in seat pitch. These seats offer less legroom than the giant seats but more legroom than the other regular seats. These seats are located in the front rows of the cabin and around the emergency exit, shows a seat map on Allegiant's website, and will cost up to $70 each.