And now EasyJet has crossed an LCC red line, embracing seat assignments and therebyper an admittedly kind of fawning Guardian writeup"tearing up the rulebook for budget airlines." We're not sure about that last part since Ryanair already lets you pay for reserved seats, but EasyJet should get credit for going one step further and assigning all seats. They're also breaking with other LCCs on a PR level by emphasizingquite explicitlythat they're trying to appeal to business travelers who don't want to overspend but also don't want to feel like they're on a bus with wings (our words, not theirs).
Although some of the details are still being worked out, EasyJet has already announced that they'll follow the depressingly standard industry practice of charging for premium front and exit row seats. Other than that, the trials will feature assigned seating the way that assigned seating usually works, with everyone on the same reservation getting to sit together whenever possible.
Ryanair was quick to note that they have no intention of following EasyJet's lead, and that if you want an assigned seat on one of their planes you'll still have to pay for it.
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