I think they made a bad call going without PTVs, but I think thye made the right call to go all in or out.
It's too confusing for an airline that offers so many transcons to have such different products. They had to offer one more consistent product. Power ports will help alot. They made what they thought was the best financial decision. Sure it is a major major cabin decrease compared to VX, but Virgin America is gone, they need to power forward with one brand one product and they seem to be doing that.
Southwest and JetBlue are full value airlines, I don't think Alaska claims or tries to offer what they do in coach. AS is competing with the legacies, this cabin is designed to compete in that space.
For clarity, aside from the IFE removal, what is the “major major cabin decrease compared to VX”? I’m not trying to argue, just wondering what else has been trashed?
I’ve flown a lot less the past few years, but I’ve flown UAex, American, American Eagle (Compass), Alaska, Frontier, Delta, and Southwest. Exactly one flight - a DL 738 - had IFE, and it didn’t work. Somehow the majority of my flights have been enjoyable and with WN and AS I was able to stream free content to my device. I guess while I agree it’s convenient to have, I just don’t see the huge downgrade when it’s not there.