Unlike the 737s, MD
-80s, and the Boeing widebodies, which only had 1 additional row of coach added, the 757s and A300s got two rows added. They now have the configuration that they had prior to More Room Throughout Coach (MRTC), which was launched in early 2000.
has decided to use the 757s on routes that directly compete against LCCs or that carry a substantial volume of leisure traffic. So, they tend to go to leisure destinations like MCO
. They are also being used on some flights between ORD
, since WN
has a lot of flights between MDW
The theory is that people are not willing to pay a premium for extra legroom. Since AA
must match fares of competing LCCs, and flights to leisure destinations don't carry much business traffic (i.e., fewer business passengers paying unrestricted fares), AA
is trying to get extra revenue by putting more seats in the fleet.
I think the pitch in coach on the 757 is 31 inches, which is tight for a major carrier. I have heard that some charter carriers have pitches of 30 or even 29 inches.
A pitch of 31 inches for a shorter flight, like MIA
isn't unpleasant, but I've been on the 757 on ORD
before MRTC. It's not very comfortable, particularly if you don't have an opportunity to get up and stretch one's legs.