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Southwest Airlines' new seats are wider with "streamlined" armrests
Southwest Airlines' new seats are wider with "streamlined" armrests

The newest seats on Southwest Airline planes are expected to give passengers what they’ve been demanding: more breathing space. The seats to be installed on Boeing 737-800 planes starting in 2016 will offer about half an inch of extra width on each seat, as well as a new “C-shaped” design to the bottom seat frame, replacing the old “L” shape, thus giving passengers a bit more room around the shins. But Southwest won’t say how it was able to squeeze an extra half inch out of each seat without narrowing the aisle. The seat designer, Florida-based B/E Aerospace, isn’t talking. Southwest confirms, however, that the armrest between the seats will be...

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