JetBlue to Reduce Legroom, Add Fee for Checked Bag

By Paul Riegler on 20 November 2014
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Not all JetBlue seats will be this room in the future

Not all JetBlue seats will be this room in the future

JetBlue Airways announced plans to add more seats and reduce legroom on most of the seats in its planes and to begin charging for checked bags, a practice it has eschewed up until this point despite broad industry support for such charges.

The airline revealed its plans at a meeting with investors earlier in the week.

As part of the move, JetBlue is introducing three fare classes for its economy cabin.  The most basic fare will include a standard seat and complimentary snacks, but no checked bags.  The two more expensive fares, which the airline has not named, will include one and two checked bags respectively.

The New York-based carrier also said it would add 15 seats to its Airbus A320 aircraft, bringing the seat pitch down to 33” from 34”.  JetBlue will continue to offer its Even More Space premium-economy light section, which has standard seats and a seat pitch of 38” to 39”.

Once the fare changes are in place, Southwest will be the only major U.S. airline that does not charge for a passenger’s first checked bag.  Currently, most airlines charge $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for any additional one.

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