As of now, there are only a couple planes featuring these new seats. The airline has crammed 178 seats into Airbus A320 planes—that includes four of their oversized seats for those who want to upgrade. Apparently Airbus marketing materials indicate that the plane can handle a maximum of 180 seats, but most airlines set it up with about 150 seats between coach and first class. Spirit is able to fit in so many seats because they have reduced seat pitch to just 28 inches. That’s about two inches less than most awful airline seats, so these planes are going to be "extra cozy."
The airline’s position is that they’re doing this to save costs and pass on lower fares. There are fewer moving parts in the new seats, and this requires less maintenance and less fuel due to the decrease in weight. Maybe Spirit Airlines is actually looking out for our best interest with low fares, but they’re quickly becoming the Ryanair of the United States.
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[Photo: Willamor Media]