Three-class cabins on international jets, once a hallmark of passenger pampering, are dwindling at the world’s largest carrier.
Waning customer interest in the costliest tickets prompted American Airlines to drop first class as it adds seats to its 47 long-haul Boeing Co. 777-200s. The aircraft will get new lie-flat business seats — plusher than coach, but lacking first- class flourishes such as pajamas, slippers and an amuse-bouche.
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Air Canada plans to introduce new premium economy seating in the cabins of its new Boeing 777s next year and its 787 Dreamliners when they are delivered in 2014, sources familiar with the plan say.
The premium economy seats will provide an alternative for passengers who want more legroom than is offered in economy seating at a price that is lower than business class.
An academic study suggests airlines could cut boarding time by seating passengers based on how many carry-on bags they are hauling.Looking to save money and time, the airline industry has for years tried to come up with the fastest way to seat passengers.
The recent statements of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) fellow democratic commissioners indicate a departure from their prior stance.
Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel voted against party lines, favoring the creation of a two-lane system that will provide certain content producers faster access to subscribers. This indicates the end of “net neutrality,” the idea of a fair and democratic flow of information over the web without any discrimination regarding its origin or destination.
The world’s second-largest aircraft maker has filed a patent to put bicycle-style seats on airplanes in a move that would maximize airline profits — and passenger discomfort.
Low-cost airlines already cram as many passengers as possible onto their planes, but as anyone who has recently flown economy class can attest, traditional seats can’t get much smaller.
A consumer group is calling for more reasonable airline ticket policies, including eliminating standby fees and allowing passengers to transfer unused tickets to other travelers — neither of which would cost airlines a dime. But don’t hold your breath waiting for airlines to suddenly start caring about being fair and reasonable.