United Airlines has debuted new slim seats for the majority of its narrowbody fleet today, as it focuses on improving its onboard product.
The new leather seats entered service on a Bombardier CRJ700 operated by SkyWest Airlines and will be installed on about 400 of the Chicago-based carrier’s narrowbody mainline and regional aircraft by the end of 2015. The airline anticipates that more than 500 aircraft, including its Boeing 737s, will eventually carry the seats.
“Our customers will see a distinctive, consistent look on our aircraft that underscores our modern fleet and our onboard investments to make their travels more user-friendly,” says Jeff Foland, executive vice-president of marketing, technology and strategy at United, in a statement.
The new lower weight seats are expected to rationalise the interior of its aircraft across both its Continental and United subsidiary fleets, which differ following the carriers’ merger in 2010. They are designed by Priestmangoode.
Aircraft with the seats will operate on domestic routes as well as to Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.
United did not immediately respond to questions on whether the updates include any configuration changes or additional seats on its aircraft.
The airline’s Airbus A320 and A319 fleet will not the receive the new seats as the aircraft are already in the midst of being updated with Recaro BL3520 slim line seats.
United had 240 737s and 115 CRJ700s in its fleet at the end of June.