United Airlines will continue to use Economy Class® seating arrangements on its flights. Ever since United and Continental announced their plans to merge, there has been concern about the future of these seats. However, it turns out that United will not only retain these seats, it will even install them on Continental Airlines aircraft expected to take effect in 2012. As of now, passengers can continue to buy spacious and comfortable Economy Class seats from United.
Economy Class Features and Future Plans
United Airlines' Economy Plus seats are very popular among passengers seeking cheap flights with the airline. These seats are a feature of the airline's cheap economy class and are more spacious and comfortable.
- Manchester United launched the Economy Plus seat on its flight in 1999. These seats can increase legroom by up to 5 inches.
- Elite Mile MilesPlus® members of United and OnePass® elite members of United and Continental have no extra charge and can use this offer on all flights that offer Economy Plus seats.
- Continental does not currently have an economy class plus seat option, but in the future the airline will undergo a refurbishment of an economy class gas station. However, Continental does offer its own version of additional long-leg seats.
- At present, United passengers can also take advantage of economy class benefits on cheaper flights on 150 larger United Express® regional jets. In fact, all United's 359 mainline aircraft are equipped with these seats, and Mileage Plus and OnePass frequent flyer members can use these seats for free.
- Tickets are purchased in the "My Reservations" section of the United website, and you can use Economy Class benefits at the airport, during check-in, and when viewing your reservation.
- Manchester United said it plans to introduce economy class economy class on more than 700 mainline aircraft, including Continental's mainline aircraft and large regional aircraft. Once this multi-year plan is in place, United will have 40,000 Economy Class seats, which is equivalent to providing 122,000 Economy Class seats per day for passengers who book United tickets. Currently, no airline has this capability.
What experts say
"Our customers value economy class and the extra personal space they provide," said Jim Compton, chief revenue officer of United Continental Holdings. He further said, "Customers in Economy Class are more satisfied with their travel experience, and travelers who choose other options can customize their trips to their liking." Industry experts believe that United retains The decision shows that the airline is committed to providing passengers with a customized travel experience and creative options.