These days, airlines are focusing their energies on high-yield passengers—as in, the ones in the front of the plane. Since cross-country flights are especially popular among business travelers, that’s where we’re starting to see bigger and better seating options, including lie flat seats.
United just introduced lie-flat seats on its flights from JFK to LAX and San Francisco. They completely redesigned the 757s that fly those routes, with 28 seats that lie fully flat. Those cabins also have features like Wi-Fi and power ports to appeal to business travelers.
Delta is also rolling out its transcontinental seating this year. They’re using planes originally designed for international flights to fly cross country, with both lie-flat seats and recliners.
Not to be outdone, American Airlines has its new transcontinental planes. Throughout the year, they’re expected to replace the current Boeing 767s with A321s to fly between New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco. These planes are different because they have three distinct classes. First class will have 10 fully lie-flat seats with direct aisle access, and business will have 20 lie-flat seats.
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