12 NOVEMBER 2018
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The number of seats with extra legroom in Economy Class on board Etihad Airways’ widebody fleet is being increased by more than 500% via a new option called Economy Space.
First in line for the change are the airline’s 10 Airbus A380s. They are being retrofitted in a programme due to be completed next month with new seats with an increased pitch of up to 36in.
The number of extra legroom seats on this aircraft type will rise from 20 to 80. A similar programme to modify 12 Boeing B777s and 21 Boeing B787 Dreamliners to take the new seats is due to be completed by the end of next year.
Head of guest experience Jamal Ahmed Al Awadhi said: “We recognise no two travellers are alike. Today’s customers demand more choice and personalisation, so we are reconfiguring the Economy cabin in response to the popularity and demand for extra legroom seats.”
He added: “While many airlines have been squeezing more seats into Economy Class, we continue to focus on providing our guests with products and services that meet and exceed the demands and budgets of different types of travellers.”
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