United Airlines will continue the Economy Plus® seating arrangement on its flights. There were concerns about the future of these locations as soon as the merger plan between United Airlines and Continental Airlines was announced. However, it turns out that United will not only retain these seats, but will even install them on board Continental Airlines, which is expected to take effect from 2012. Currently, passengers can go ahead and buy a ticket with United for spacious and comfortable Economy Plus seats.
Characteristics of the Economy Plus section and future plans
United Airlines Economics Plus seats are very popular with travelers looking for cheap flights with the airline. These seats, which are a feature of the low cost Economy Plus section of the airline, are more spacious and comfortable.
- United introduced Economy Plus seats aboard their flights in 1999. These seats increase legroom by up to 5 inches.
- Continental and Mileage Plus® elite members of Continental's United and OnePass® elite members do not have to pay extra fees and can take advantage of any flight that offers a place to work.
- There is currently no option to seat Economy Plus with Continental, but in the future the airline will be refurbished with Economy Plus class. Continental, however, offers its own version of the optional foot seats.
- Currently, passengers in the UK can take advantage of Economy Plus on their cheap flights with more than 150 larger regional jets on United Express®. In fact, all 359 aircraft on United's main line are equipped with these seats and these seats are free of charge for Mileage Plus and OnePass Frequent Flyer.
- Economy Plus can be used while buying tickets, at the airport, during check-in and while browsing reservations in the "My Reservations" section of the United Nations website.
- United have announced plans to introduce Economy Plus on more than 700 mainline aircraft, including Continental's main planes and larger regional aircraft. With this multi-annual plan in place, United will have 40,000 seats plus, which translates to 122,000 seats plus every day for travelers who book their tickets with United. No airline currently has this capacity.
What the experts say
Mr Jim Compton, Chief Revenue Officer at United Continental Holdings, commented on the matter: "Our customers value Economy Plus and the extra personal space it provides." He also said: "Customers sitting in Economy Plus are significantly more satisfied with their trip, as are travelers who choose other options that allow them to customize their trip to their liking." Industry experts believe that United's decision to keep Economy Plus shows that the airline is dedicated to offering personalized travel and creative choices to its passengers.