Low-cost carriers try to pack as many seats in the cabin as possible, that’s no secret. By adding more seats in an aircraft it means more opportunities to earn revenue as the airline is able to fill more seats. So when a carrier is able to add more seats, they jump at the chance and it often impacts the comfort of passengers but in some cases, it doesn’t affect it somehow.
Australian Aviation is reporting that the Jetstar will be adding more seats onto their A320 fleet. The aircraft are currently fitted with 180 seats and there will be 6 more added which means one row of seating will be added to the aircraft.
Jetstar’s A320’s are all single class, however, there are obviously better seats to choose from like the bulkhead and exit row. I haven’t flown Jetstar for a few years but from what I remember, I found them as comfortable as British Airways Club Europe which is their Business Class, so that’s saying something. Jetstar’s A320’s have a seat pitch of 29” and a width of 17.9”.
The current seats onboard the A320’s are the B/E Pinnacle seat and interestingly the carrier will be switching to the Recaro BL3530 model of seat, these are also slimline seats. Here’s a photo of what they will look like from a front on view:
Jetstar will continue to not install IFE and In-seat power which isn’t expected from a LCC anyway. Interestingly, with the adjustment in seats, there won’t be any change in the seat pitch or width for passengers which is great news.
The seats are expected to be fitted to all A320’s that fly within Australia and New Zealand. At this stage, there’s no information about whether Jetstar Asia will adopt the new seats.
H/T – Australian Aviation