United Introducing New Ergonomic Seats on Domestic Aircraft
United Airlines announced on Thursday that it will install new economy and premium economy seats on its domestic aircraft. The new seats have leather seat covers and United branding.
They were designed to be more ergonomic than previous seats, with an emphasis in supportive cushioning.
The seats also feature additional seat-back storage and, because they are smaller and weigh less than the seats they are replacing, are considered to be more environmentally friendly by reducing the plane’s fuel consumption.
United introduced the new seat on a Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet operated by United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines. The airline said it expects to have more than 400 planes outfitted with the new seats by 2015.
The Chicago-based airline is currently installing in-flight Internet service on its mainline fleet and expects to have almost all wired by 2014.