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User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2819 posts, RR: 5
Posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1353 times:

I just returned from my first experience with American's extended legroom. I admit...I was skeptical at first. But...wow! I am really impressed with the extra room. There is a significant difference. For those of you who have had the pleasure of this new arrangement, what are your thoughts? I was on an MD-80...does anyone know the exact numbers on the seat pitch? How does this compare with other airlines (i.e. United Shuttle or Southwest)? Thanks.

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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1291 times:

I was also a little wary of just how much legroom I would be recieving with the "more legroom throughout coach". But, like you, I was amazed at how much that added 3 or so inches really helps. I don't have to request a bulkhead anymore to be comfortable. However, if you are 6'5", then you will probably still feel a little cramped.

I believe that AA's seat pitch is similar to United's Economy Plus, but with AA, you don't have to pay extra. I think this is a marvelous campaign by AA to attract customers and it's great for us loyals as well.

Does anyone know when the 777 fleet will be finished with the changes? I will be flying DFW-zRH on Dec. 30th.

UAL747


User currently offlineSR3496 From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

Off topic:
You come to ZRH? If you stay in Switzerland, maybe we could meet. Just e-mail me!


User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1271 times:

The seat pitch ranges from 33-35 '' on the AA planes. The seats ahead of the emergency exits are all pretty much at 34/35, compared to 31/32 inches before. The Emergency Exit row has a 39 '' pitch.
First Class is at 38.

UA Economy Plus is supposed to be 35-36 inches.

Southwest planes range from 31-33 inches. The aircraft without the "lounge seating" typically have more legroom than those that do. The new 737-700s are quite comfortable...similar seats/pitch to AS, although I have to admit I like the AS interior colors a bit better  


User currently offlineKoopas From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1269 times:

Seat pitch was increased from an average of 31' to an average of 36'.

User currently offlineAb.400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1259 times:

This is really good news for travellers.
I hope AA will have success with their decision.  



User currently offlineSurf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

yeah i was impressed too, it really did make a difference. I went from AA to NWA on one trip and boy did NWA suck when it came to being compared to AA and the legroom!

User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4364 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

THANK YOU GOD AND AMERICAN AIRLINES! 

I'll be flying to DFW on Christmas morning on American
DCA-DFW MD80
DFW-DCA Boeing 757-200

I found the right topic to be flying on AA in a month.  
I'll be looking foward to expierence on the "new" AA.

K. Cook/Arlington,VA/DCA



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User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1685 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1222 times:
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I think the new seat pitch is great. I like it so much that I have managed to fly enough on American to achieve AAdvantage Gold status. If you have ever been on the US Airways Shuttle or Delta Shuttle, it is quite similar to their 727 and A320 seat pitch. I hope their business increases enough for them to consider it worthwhile enough to keep it. I remember that TWA did this a few years ago, but it didn't last. But when I flew on a TWA 727 with the increased pitch, I didn't really notice any difference. But I noticed quite a difference on American.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1218 times:

Any chance other airlines will follow suit? Seems like this newfound space is winning customers over.

User currently offlineFrozensun From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1211 times:

i'm converted too... i used to fly mostly with UA for its star alliance connections to my home carrier SQ, hence allowing me to earn mileage on krisflyer, but after trying AA once i'm converted... interestingly i flew SFO-ORD on an MD-80 with more legroom right after SIN-HKG-SFO on an SQ 744 and i had a much better flight with AA... my travel companions thought i was nuts, how could you prefer AA which has no PTVs, etc etc, but the seat legroom was all that mattered to me.now if AA were to add features such as PTVs on more planes, they are going to be favorite carrier by far.

User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5485 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days ago) and read 1186 times:

I have had more legroom on MD-80's and it is amazing what a couple of extra inches does! Luckily my home airline happens to be AA, that way I can stretch out in coach 
rgds,
blink182



Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineAA@DFW From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 1 month 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1179 times:

The verdict is in: AA's More Room Throughout Coach is AWESOME!

I have non-reved several times on the MD-80 & 757 -- holy GOD! What a difference! I'm 6'2" and am actually comfortable! I can stretch out my legs all the way, recline the seat back, adjust my 6-way headrest and get some half-decent sleep!

Keep doing what you're doing AA!

AA@DFW


User currently offlineAA-SAN From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 1 month 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1168 times:

Yes, I agree that it rocks, but does anybody out there know if AA is happy with their "Moreroom" program? Is it making them money? Are they winning over FF's from the other majors. I'm sure that they have gotten some disgruntled UA FF's, but is there really enough demand for it out there that AA is making more money from it? Let's face it, airlines don't do things just to please passengers, but if pleasing passengers is earning them enough money, that's a whole new story!

User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (14 years 1 month 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

Because of the fact that most AA flights depart with at least some coach seats still available, the impact will most likely be felt the most by standby and non-rev passengers. Since most airlines make their money off of first and biz class, I would imagine that AA would not mind sacrificing a few low-revenue coach seats for overall benefit of its passengers.

Aaron G.


User currently offlineHPA318 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1151 times:

We at AA, love the "More room throughout coach"Everyday Passengers tell me how much of a difference it makes. Myself, Im 6'2 and will not non-rev on any other carrier but my own. Its almost like flying First class all the time.The B737-800's are beautiful, they're my favorite. The 777's will be modified starting early 2001, they will also feature the new "Flagship Suite" which is the most beautiful suite in the skies, it's awesome i will try to get pics. to display in the cabin pics. area. By mid 2001 the entire fleet will me done.

User currently offlineTan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1920 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1129 times:

AA's more legroom is a huge success. To me all a/c benefitted, however on the 4+ hrs ORD-LAX segments on MD80's the space was most appreciated. Was able to stretch out some more and catch up on reading with out any interruptions!

User currently offlineAA_SAN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (14 years 1 month 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1100 times:

Thanks for the replies. I remember seeing an AA VP on the Today Show when the moreroom program first started and now I remember him saying exactly what a lot of you just said. I'm just glad that AA realized this and has given us coach passengers some much needed pampering. Especially on those long MD-80 flights which were just painful for me (I'm 6'6''). Thanks AA, and you've kept me coming back time for a while to come.

User currently offlineP&M From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (14 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

All the seats which are thrown out by AA will sum up to some tons in wheigt which they don´t have to haul around and save some fuel.
And I guess that the passengers like this extra space when they fly. Hopefully this will make other Airlines follow.
If not, AA might see themselves forced to bring back some seats to catch up the popularity they gained   .
I also guess that more space for the passengers leads to a better atmosphere ( mood ? ) on board.


User currently offlineCannedSpam From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (14 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1045 times:

P&M,

Guess what, AA's planes are a little heavier now than before the two rows were removed from every aircraft.


User currently offlineP&M From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (14 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

Whow, who would have guessed that !
But how comes ?


User currently offlineBlingbling From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (14 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1040 times:

Well, now that coach has more legroom, what about the first classers (if that is even word). Coach is slowly becoming more and more like First class, so I think AA needs to make some rennovations to the First class section.

Last time I flew first class AA and the seats were all torn, and the leather was beat up. They should fix that.


User currently offlineCannedSpam From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (14 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1027 times:

Because of the re-pitch, a new and heavier 16G seat had to be installed.

User currently offlineImkeww From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (14 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1023 times:

What happened to all the old new seats?!

User currently offlineP&M From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (14 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1017 times:

Thank´s for the info, CannedSpam.
Is it on all planes in AA´s fleet the 16G seat ?

To Imkeww, maybe they store them and use as spare parts.


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