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AirTran's Leather Coach Seats

Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:03 am

Tonight I flew on an AirTran 717, N985AT, and was surprised to see bright blue leather seats in coach. I was just wondering why they would make this change now, since the merger with Southwest is about to take place. Won't Southwest want to put their own interior in the AirTran planes so the fleet will be standardized? I was also on a 737 today which still had the cloth seats. I also noticed on both flights that the captain didn't call out Departure Check, Landing Check, and Arrival Check, as they did previously. Instead they used the double chime. Is this also part of standardizing procedures to match Southwest?

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RE: AirTran's Leather Coach Seats

Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:36 am

My understanding is that WN will be first converting the FL 737 first starting in FEB 2012 with something like 6 at a time.So the 717 will stay in FL layout until early 2013. But with the ALPA FL MEC turning down the SLI the fate of the 717 is up in the air?..time will tell wnfg. 
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RE: AirTran's Leather Coach Seats

Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:21 am

The installation of leather seat covers in coach started over a year ago, before the merger announcement. Forty-five aircraft have been modified. The chimes from the cockpit also started some time ago. Neither have anything to do with Southwest.
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RE: AirTran's Leather Coach Seats

Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:47 am

I would have preferred cloth seats with more pitch than leather seats and the same pitch. When I was commuting from IND to NYC I would double-leg it through CLT rather than sit in coach on AirTran non-stop to LGA. Horrid experience!

Glad to see Southwest's relatively generous pitch will be gracing AirTran 737s soon.

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RE: AirTran's Leather Coach Seats

Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:08 am

I actually like the new leather seats I've seen on some of my flights, since the cloth ones seem kind of old fashioned. Here's some cockpit shots that I got comparing the two.

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RE: AirTran's Leather Coach Seats

Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:24 am

The leather seats are far more comfortable then the WN seats as they have more cushioning in them and the seat itself is an inch or so wider. The leg room isnt that bad in coach and im 6'2 and fly on the FL737 at least 3-4 times a week. The 717 leather seats are two different styles because some have different type of seats. It makes the cabin look alot more updated and fresher with the blue that was finally chosen. The leather updating program went into effect long before WN was even considered.
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