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American Airlines’ new Boeing 737 Max jetliners will be cutting the leg room in economy in order to make way for more seats.

Pitch, or the distance from the back of one seat to the same spot on the one in front of it, will be reduced by up to five centimetres in the new planes.


On three rows of seats, leg room will shrink to 74cm from the current distance 79cm, a spokesman for the carrier announced.

The space between the remaining rows will drop to 76cm inches from 79cm.

This will allow the new Max jets to have 172 seats, according to >CNN, compared to 160 on its existing 737-800s.

American Airlines is cutting the leg room in economy on its new Boeing 737 Max jetliners. Photo: AP/Seth Wenig

American Airlines is cutting the leg room in economy on its new Boeing 737 Max jetliners. Photo: AP/Seth WenigSource:AP

American Airlines said it expects the new planes will go into use later this year and will primarily be flown on routes in North America. It is believed bathroom will also be smaller.

And to rub salt into the wounds, passengers will still have to pay regular economy fares for the three rows losing five centimetres of leg room. CNN reports two of those three rows of 74cm pitch will be in the back of the plane and a third further forward.

These seats will not be part of its new basic economy fares, which sell for less because passengers don’t get access to overhead bins, a seat assignment or frequent flyer miles.

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Source : http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/flights/american-airlines-is-cutting-the-leg-room-in-economy-and-it-wont-the-first-to-do-so/news-story/b1a9d00abe840032cd6ebdda4619f8a9

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