Can't afford first class? WestJet is set to offer "premium economy" seating
WestJet Airlines announced Wednesday (August 1) that it will launch “premium economy” seating starting in 2013. The new seats will be located in the first four rows of Boeing 737 planes and will feature 36 inches of legroom. Customers in premium economy will also be offered priority boarding and complimentary on-board amenities. WestJet has not announced airfare for its new seats.
Meanwhile, economy seating will see legroom expand from 31 to 32 inches, bringing WestJet in line with its North American competitors, namely Air Canada, which holds the top spot for Canadian airlines. The company also plans to increase the number of seats on its Boeing 737-800 planes from 166 to 174 as a way of generating more revenue.
Work on seat reconfiguration will begin in August and is expected to be completed by December 2012.
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