At a time when air travel passenger surveys show that people are prepared to pay more for added space and comfort in economy class flights, giant airline Emirates is reportedly planning to squeeze an extra row of seats in its A380 superjumbos.
Trading front leg room and narrower seat width for a few more percentage points gained from each plane that airlines place in the air is not a new trend. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Emirates is among several other big carriers set to embrace less forward space and squeeze seat width in economy even on long haul flights.
Emirates is reportedly considering an 11-rows of seating configuration in economy, instead of the 10-rows standard Airbus design recommendation for its 747s. The additional seating would enable an additional 40 seats to be added to economy while at the same time seat width would be reduced by about two centimetres.
Emirates and its neighbour Etihad already fit out their Boeing 777s with 10-abreast economy seating, instead of the 9-abreast recommended by the manufacturer. They join 18 other carriers that have fitted 10-abreast seating in their 777s.