Spirit unveils upgraded in-flight experience, including new large front seats
Flying on Spirit’s latest version of its yellow Airbus jets may soon be less disruptive, thanks to the introduction of new seats, as Florida-based Miramar on Thursday unveiled its next generation of onboard products for its latest batch of Airbus A320neo jets. These newly delivered aircraft will be equipped with Haeco’s Victor Lite and Victor Premium seats, which should bring some welcome upgrades to the passenger experience, here’s the rundown. Travel. It’s basically like a domestic first-class chair, but it’s usually closer to the standard economy seat with extra legroom on older carriers. The Next Generation Large Front Seat provides a wider seat back, additional cushioning, and approximately an inch more than the pre-reclining. It wasn’t immediately clear what exactly that meant. Standard economy seat upgrades are to add more width. The aisle and window seats will be 17.5 inches wide, while the center seats will be 18.5 inches wide. The difference: While no one enjoys flying in the middle seat in the least, the Spirit makes it a little more comfortable by adding an extra inch of width. Unfortunately, occupants are still unable to raise or lower the headrest, and it also does not have wings to further support the neck while snoozing. Spirit says these new seats will have extra cushions, so it will be interesting to see if travelers find the product. More Comfortable The new economy seats maintain a curved seat back design, which helps the airline open up additional space at knee level. This design provides about two more inches of room around the knees for flat rear seats, says Spirit. While you might enjoy a bit more space and comfort, many aspects of Spirit’s onboard experience don’t change. You won’t find any power outlets or USB ports on the plane, and the seats won’t be able to recline. According to Spirit’s terms, they were all pre-reclining. The lines are thin, which many travelers find uncomfortable on long trips, in fact, the new seats are 11 ounces lighter than the outgoing model. While the lower weight enhances fuel efficiency, it usually corresponds to a less comfortable experience on board, especially on long flights. Bottom Line Spirit will install these products on deliveries of new aircraft beginning in late January 2023. In all, the airline plans to open 33 new A320neos. , or “New Engine Option”, will be introduced in 2023, and all will feature this new configuration. Like Spirit’s current A320 aircraft, there will be a total of 182 seats in the new configuration – eight large front seats and 174 regular seats. (For comparison, JetBlue’s A320s have 162 seats) At this time, Spirit won’t make any retrofits to existing aircraft, and it’s also worth noting that the JetBlue acquisition isn’t expected to be completed until 2024, so – assuming that. Business-as-usual has been approved for Spirit until then, however, and the new seats appear to be an overall upgrade to the airline’s existing product. With just a little more room, redesigned headrests, and extra seat cushioning, we hope the new product will make traveling with the Spirit more comfortable. Test as soon as they start flying.