Each seating surface will weigh a little bit less, and all the material sure adds up. This leads to seats that are better for the environment, as less seating surface heft means less fuel burn for the airplanes.
The new design is already on its way to all of the carrier’s domestic aircraft, as they’re upgrading things on both the regional jets as well as their mainline fleet. CRJ700s—as part of United Express—are first in line for the new seat smell, but as a result they’re shaving off some Economy Plus options and adding more seats to the regular coach cabin.
In total they’re revamping and renovating like 60,000 seats, and they’re doing so on more than 500 of their planes. It’ll be quite the undertaking, but by the time 2015 rolls around they’re hoping to have at least 400 planes good-to-go.