The recently unveiled cabin makeover from US low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines includes new seats that are configured to provide up to two inches more legroom, the airline claims.
The cabin redesign of Spirit’s Airbus A320neo jets features a yellow-and-black colour scheme and seats designed by Arco Aircraft Seating made with lightweight foam and composite materials.
Middle seats will gain an inch of width (18 inches vs. 17 inches for window and aisle seats) and all seats will have at last an inch more of pre-recline space (those in exit rows will have more). In addition to more legroom compared to other seats with an identical pitch, the new seats have full-sized tray tables.
Spirit’s premium Big Front Seats now feature larger headrests and seat cushions, both with more memory-foam padding.
“Our new seats and cabin redesign were developed from the ground up to enhance the experience, while maintaining our low fares at the same time,” said Ted Christie, president and CEO of Spirit Airlines.
“We’re the fastest growing airline in the country, and we’re delighted to usher in these innovations in Guest comfort as our fleet doubles in size over the next five years.”
The new interior will be rolled out as the airline’s new fleet of 150 A320neo jets enters service over the next few years. The cabins of Spirit’s existing aircraft also will be upgraded.
The first seats were installed at Spirit’s Detroit hangar on an Airbus A320neo delivered earlier this month.