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Even Canadians May Soon Enjoy Premium Economy Seating

Where: Canada
August 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM | by | ()

It seems like everyone wants a little more space nowadays, and airlines are certainly aware that passengers are willing to pay for it. Carriers like Virgin America, United, Delta, and JetBlue all have different flavors of their extra legroom seats, and now there’s one more airline looking to help you stretch out a little bit.

WestJet is looking for more profit (and to lure more business travelers away from Air Canada), so they’re now offering up their own version of premium economy seating for those willing to pay for the privilege. Planes are heading into the hangar starting this month, as four rows of seats will now be enjoying around 36 inches of pitch.

WestJet is upgrading and updating their entire fleet of Boeing 737s, so this is going to be quite the undertaking; however, they obviously feel that moving and shifting all the seats is more than worth it.

The Premium rows should be done before the winter weather rolls in across Canada. In addition to a little more wiggle room, premium economy passengers will also get access to stuff like priority boarding as well as “complimentary on-board amenities”—whatever those are. Pricing hasn’t been officially revealed, but we have to assume that much of it will be based on flight distance.

To make room for all the stretch-out seats, space elsewhere will be sacrificed. WestJet will try to standardize the pitch on all other seats, as things should now range between 31 and 32 inches. This will probably allow for a few more passengers on certain planes—like the 737-800s—so that means a little more competition for the in-flight lavatory as well. As a result, let this serve as a friendly reminder to monitor your pre-flight beverage intake.

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