In most cases, hearing that an airline has squeezed more seats onto one of their carriers doesn’t exactly make you want to rush out and book a ticket in coach. JetBlue, however, has managed to add more seats on their A320 aircraft while making them feel roomier. In fact, JetBlue can still brag that they have more legroom in their coach class than any other airline currently flying in the U.S.
The new A320 has increased its seat capacity from 150 to 162. However, those seats are now wider, so they’ll feel roomier. Plus, JetBlue can still keep that title for the most legroom in coach. That means that passengers flying in coach are in for a seriously relaxing ride.
JetBlue’s secret to pulling off the feat lies in the design and overall shape that went into the new seats. While the seat bottoms are wider, the company took a “slimming” approach with the rest of the design. This is most obvious when looking at the armrests on the new seats. They’re ultra-skinny, so you’d better claim that particular piece of real estate before someone else sits down next to you, because there’s no way you’ll be able to share. JetBlue also redesigned the shapes of the seats so that they could use the curvature of the plane’s fuselage to add a few extra.
They’ve also removed some useless material from the seatbacks where your legs would usually hit on other airline’s planes. The seat cushions also got some treatment by way of additional memory foam, which the company claims makes passengers feel like they’re riding in a luxury car instead of a typical passenger plane.
JetBlue didn’t stop with passenger comfort when it came to upgrades on the A320. They’ve also made quite a few enhancements when it comes to passenger entertainment. The screens built into the back of the seatbacks are now over 10 inches—a substantial upgrade from the 6 inches they were before the remodel. And now, passengers can enjoy free Wi-Fi and over 100 channels of live Direct TV so they can make use of those new, larger screens.
By the end of this year, JetBlue plans to have a third of their A320s retrofitted with the new upgrades. They hope to have the rest of the fleet finished by the end of 2020.