United Airlines retains Economy Plus seats for flights


United Airlines will continue to arrange Economy Plus® seats on their flights. There have been concerns about the future of these destinations since the plan to merge United Airlines and Continental Airlines was announced. However, it turned out that United will not only preserve these seats, but even install them on board Continental Airlines planes, which are expected to come into force from 2012. For today, travelers can buy a ticket from United for spacious and comfortable Economy Plus seats.

Features of the Economy Plus section and future plans

United States Economy Plus seats are very popular with passengers looking for cheap flights with airlines. These seats, which are a feature of the low-cost Economy Plus airline, are more spacious and comfortable.

  • In 1999, United introduced its Economy Plus seats. These spaces increase legroom by up to 5 inches.
  • Elite Mileage Plus® members from United and OnePass® affiliated to Continental do not have to pay any additional fees and can take advantage of all Economy Plus flights.
  • There is currently no option for Economy Plus seating in Continental, but the airlines will be refurbished in Economy Plus in the future. Continental, however, offers its own version of the additional legroom.
  • Currently, United passengers can also enjoy Economy Plus discounts on cheap flights thanks to more than 150 larger regional United Express® jets. In fact, all 359 United main aircraft are equipped with seats that are free for Mileage Plus and OnePass Frequent Flyer members.
  • You can use Economy Plus when buying tickets, at the airport, during check-in, and when viewing your reservation via the ‘My reservations’ section of the United website.
  • United has announced plans to introduce Economy Plus on more than 700 main aircraft, including main Continental aircraft and larger regional aircraft. When this multiannual plan takes shape, United will have 40,000 Economy Plus seats, which means 122,000 Economy Plus seats for passengers booking tickets with United every day. Currently, no airline has this capacity.

What experts say

Jim Compton, chief tax officer of United Continental Holdings, commented on this opportunity with the words, “Our clients value Economy Plus and the extra personal space it provides.” In addition, he said: “Customers who sit in Economy Plus are much more satisfied with their travel experience, as do travelers who choose other options that allow them to tailor travel to their preferences.” Industry experts believe that United’s decision to maintain Economy Plus shows that the airline is trying to offer passengers a personalized travel experience and creative choices.